Manuscripts and Letters

The original works of scientists and travellers, written and/or drawn

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Chinese wa...
[Anonymous]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Cypraea, Glycymeris, Babylonia, muricid.
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.
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€380.00
A fine Chinese watercolour of shells on rice paper
Chinese wa...
[Anonymous]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Angaria, Merica , etc.
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.
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€425.00
A fine Chinese watercolour of shells on rice paper
[Aquatic a...
[Anonymous]
[Aquatic animals]. Fine drawings of fish, a crustacean and a cone-shell.
No place, not published, ca. 1700. Broadsheet (28.5 x 20.3 cm). Drawings on laid paper.
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€500.00
Fine, red-ink paintings of European fish - and a tropical cone
Chinese wa...
[Anonymous]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Babylonia, Pusio, Tonna with hermite crab, turbinid operculum.
China, ca. 1850. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered, in simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.
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€480.00
A fine Chinese watercolour of shells on rice paper
Chinese wa...
[Anonymous]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Cassis, Conus, Haliotis, Nerita, Venus .
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.
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€450.00
A fine Chinese watercolour of shells on rice paper
Manuscript...
[Ant, H.]
Manuscript based on Staudinger's printed list of Palaearctic Lepidoptera.
Not published, no date [but after 1936; probably ca. 1950]. Large 8vo (24.0 x 16.1 cm). 161 ruled pages with mounted strips with printed text. Mid-20th century black blind cloth over marbled boards.
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€250.00
An entomological manuscript by the malacologist, ecologist and entomologist Herbert Ant
Pustaha ma...
[Batak writer]
Pustaha manuscript.
Sumatra, 19th-century. Manuscript on tree bark, folded in harmonica fashion, written on both sides in black ink. Illustrated with some figures and signs, painted red. 16mo (4,6 x 6,5 cm). Covers made of bone, each with a carved, primitive illustration.
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€1,100.00
Unique Pustaha (Batak) manuscript with intriguing carved illustrations on the bone covers
Aux amateu...
Biebuyck, J. and A. Massonet
Aux amateurs de grands vins de Champagne en Belgique. [AND] An original drawing by Massonet.
Bruxelles, J. E. Goossens, 1933. Folio (35.6 x 27.1 cm). [26] pp.; 10 full colour plates. Original embossed soft boards.
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€600.00
A rare work illustrated by Armand Massonet with one of his original drawings added
En Chine [...
Bonnard, A. [J. D.]
En Chine [Manuscript].
Original manuscript, 1920-[1921]. Handwritten on 516 large (31.0 x 21.0 cm), numbered leaves. Preserved in a modern cloth-covered clamshell box (35.5 x 27.0 x 8.5 cm).
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€4,200.00
Unique Chinese travel manuscript by the controversial French poet, writer, and politician Abel Jean Désiré Bonnard
Francesco...
Capitani, F. di
Francesco di Capitani. [Manuscript design examples].
Roma, di Capitani, [ca. 1935]. Large, oblong cardboard binder with two metal pins. Folio. (36.5 x 53.5 cm). 64 leaves with original drawings, of which 61 in full colour (crayon). Black morocco boards with embossed title and patterned pastedowns. Stiff brown endpapers.
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€4,800.00
Rare examples of rationalism in interior design
Original w...
Caribbean Birds and Fish
Original watercolour and pencil studies of West Indian birds and fish.
Caribbean, unpublished, 1741. Three sheets (size 38 x 48 (twice) and 34 x 44 cm), of which two illustrated on both sides. All three with simple, old, cardboard frames.
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€1,500.00
A rare collection of original pre-Linnaean Caribbean bird and fish drawings
Two fine,...
[Carriages]
Two fine, original drawings of carriages.
No place, no publisher, 1906-1907. Two oblong drawings: one in thin ink lines with fine gouache colouring, over 15.0 x 23.0 cm, in oblong cardboard frame (30.5 x 23.5 cm); the other in sharp pencil, and with an overlaying, smaller board with the carriage top (over 16.2 x 24.7 cm) in oblong cardboard frame (32.1 x 43.4 cm).
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€650.00
Double art: fine drawings of fine carriages