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Apollon et...
Apollon et les Muses.
[Paris], A[drien]. Egron, [nd, but ca. 1810]. 4to (25.2 x 19.3 cm). 34 pp.; ten engraved plates. Contemporary full calf. Spine with gilt lines and burgundy morocco label with gilt title; boards with double gilt borders, gilt-lined edges and inner dentelles; marbled endpapers.
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An unrecorded edition
Four proof...
[Anonymous but probably J. Sturm]
Four proof plates for Monographiae Insectorum XVIII. In valle Plauensi delectorum. Verzeichnis der merkwürdigsten Insecten welche in Plauischen Grunde gefunden werden . In: W. G. Becker (1799). Der Plauische Grund bei Dresden, mit Hinsicht auf Naturgeschichte und schöne Gartenkunst.
[Nürnberg, Frauenholzische Kunsthandlung, 1799]. Four loose plates. Folio (24.3 x 18.5 cm or slighly larger). Each finely engraved and carefully hand-coloured.
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Four unique proof plates of insects from near Dresden
Historia R...
Appianus Alexandrinus
Historia Romana. De Bellis Civilibus.
Venice, Bernhard Maler (Pictor), Erhard Ratdolt and Peter Loslein, 1477. Two parts in one. Folio (27.3 x 20.4 cm). 343 [211, 132] leaves. Early 17th-century full vellum. Spine with three raised bands and script title in an old hand. Edges speckled red.
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A beautifully preserved copy with the very rare red ornamental border and an interesting provenance
La chroniq...
Binding [Rabelais, F.]
La chronique de Gargantua, premier texte du roman de Rabelais. Précédé d'une notice par M. Paul Lacroix. [Limited edition in fine binding].
Paris, Jouaust, 1868. 8vo (18.8 x 10.8 cm). Full straight-grained morocco. Boards with rich gilt ornamental borders, gilt-lined edges, and triple gilt-lined inner borders with gilt rosettes on corners. Spine with five raised bands, rich gilt-stippled compartments with central floral vignettes, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Green book ribbon. All edges gilt.
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Limited edition copy in a very fine, contemporary binding
Het eerste...
Bloemaert, A.
Het eerste [-sevende] deel van de teeken-konst. [Complete].
Amsterdam, Frederick de Wit [ca. 1675]. Folio (31.6 x 19.7 cm). 140 fine engraved plates including seven engraved titles, the first with a portrait of the author. 19th-century half calf over marbled boards. Spine with four raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments with gilt floral vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers. Edges sprinkled red.
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One of two known copies of this edition
Boaistuau, P.
Histoires prodigieuses les plus memorables qui ayent esté observées depuis la nativité de Iesus Christ, iusques à nostre siecle : extraictes de plusieurs fameux autheurs, Grecz, & Latins, sacrez & prophanes: mises en nostre langue par P. Boaistuau, surn’mé Launay, natif de Bretaigne, avec les pourtaictz & figures. Dediées à treshault, & trespuissant Seigneur, Iehan de Rieux, Seigneur Dasserac.
Paris, Vincent Sertenas, 1560. 4to (22.0 x 15.8 cm). Title page with engraved vignette; [xxiii], 173, [v] pp.; woodcuts in the text. 18th-century full mottled calf; spine with five raised bands; compartments rich gilt with floral vignettes, and burgundy morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges speckled red.
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Famous first book on 'monsters'
Bose, S. N. [AND] A. Einstein
Wärmegleichgewicht im Strahlungsfeld bei Anwesenheit von Materie.
Braunschweig, Friedrich Vierweg & Sohn; Berlin, J. Springer, 1924. 8vo (22.8 x 15.4 cm). 10 pp. Original printed wrappers.
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Bose's second paper: recommended and challenged by Albert Einstein
[Botany and Slavery]
Botanical specimens. Copied from Nature, And designed as simple illustrations of the twenty-four classes, into which, according to the Linnaean System of arrangement, all plants are divided.
Liverpool, George Smith, 1827. Small square folio (22.2 x 18.1 cm). Engraved title (i.e. front wrapper, on blue paper) mounted on thick paper; 24 engraved and finely hand-coloured plates on paper of various thicknesses; blue paper blank, letterpress title page; 21 pp., second blue paper blank; rear wrapper, mounted on thick paper. Turn of the 19th century iridescent silk boards; gilt title on the spine. All edges gilt.
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A botanical rarity with a link to slavery
Box, H. E.
Typescripts, correspondence and papers.
Various places and publishers, 1923-1953. Over 60 items of various size and shape. Many thousands of pages, numerous illustrations including some original photos. Preserved in two similar cardboard folders with punch holes.
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A wonderful collection of information on sugar cane protection
Un Vaze de...
Boyer d'Aguilles, J. B. and J. Coelemans
Un Vaze de fleurs paint par Mario dy fioré [from Recueil d'estampes d'après les tableaux des peintres les plus célèbres d'Italie, des Pays-Bas et de France ].
Paris, Pierre-Jean Mariette, 1744. Single sheet (27.0 x 20.0 cm) on thick laid paper with a fine engraving – in very nice hand-colouring – by Jacques Coelemans. Printed surface ca. 24 x 19 cm. In modern passe partout with salmon linen cover.
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An excellent engraving from a rare work
New and im...
Byrne, O.
New and improved system of logarithms, with a table of the logarithms of the natural numbers, from 1 to 100,000, and by differences, from 1 to 10,000,000. The calculations have been recently made, and afterwards compared with the tables of Callet, Hutton, Vega, Briggs, Gardiner, Taylor, and Babbage. To which is added, an account of the origin, nature and use; and their application to several subjects to which they appertain. Also, an index, containing tables of trigonometrical formulae, (the notation entirely new and simple.)
London, William Day, Lithographer to the Queen, and Queen Dowager, 1838. Tall folio (40.7 x 25.9 cm). Half-title, title page, [vii]-xii, 106, [i] pp.; nine double-sized, partially hand-coloured tables; a few hand-coloured text figures; mounted tabs. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with triple gilt bands; front board with rectangular ruled morocco label with gilt ornamental borders and title. Edges speckled red.
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A work with Seven Superiorities
[Cars] Cadillac
Cadillac. [Large, luxurious Catalogue]
[Detroit], Cadillac, ca. 1925. Oblong folio (41.0 x 56.0 cm). 14 large, chromolithographed plates (25.5 x 38.2 cm) mounted on printed, numbered leaves inside ornamental borders. Printed wrappers with pattern of Cadillac emblems.
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A mysterious, extremely large and sumptuous Cadillac brochure