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Original photograph heightened with delicate watercolours.
Japan, ca. 1890. Albumen print (26.5 x 21.2 cm), with additional colouring.
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One of the last samurai
Santini, G. [Lucchese]
Ricettario medicinale di M. Giuseppe Santini Lucchese. Con un pieno trattato intorno alla cognitione del provedere, eleggere, conseruare, preparare e comporre ogni sorte di medicamento.
Serravalle di Vinetia, Marco Claseri, 1604. Small 4to (19.8 x 14.4 cm). Title page with large, allegorical vignette; xviii, 504 pp.; three page-sized engravings with explanatory text on opposite leaves. Early 20th-century boards and endpapers. Spine with two morocco labels with gilt borders, and title.
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Only two copies in libraries worldwide
Physica cu...
Schott, G.
Physica curiosa sive mirabilia naturae et artis libris XII comprehensa, quibus pleraq[ue] quae de angelis, daemonibus, hominibus, spectris, energumenis, monstris, portentis, animalibus, meteoris.
Herbipoli (Würzburg), Johann André Endter & Wolfgang Endter junior, 1667. Thick 4to (20.6 x 16.8 cm) [21.6 x 19.5 x 9.8 cm]. Half-title, engraved title by I. Sandrart, letterpress title page in red and black, verso with engraved coat of arms ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’. 1460 ([l], 1389 [xxi]) pp.; 61 engraved plates, numbered I-LVIII; A-C, of which six larger, double-folded. Contemporary, extensively blind-tooled pigskin boards. Spine with four raised bands. Boards with bevelled edges and with two leather straps and brass clasps. Edges blue.
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The second, better illustrated edition in a beautiful, contemporary binding
Das Thier...
Seder, A.
Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. Die Wasserthiere.
Wien, Gerlach & Schenk, 1896. Large folio (55.8 x 43.1 cm). Marvellous chromolithographed title page; one page of text (author’s preface); 14 stunning chromolithographed plates showing animals in a fabulous Art Nouveau style. Contemporary pebbled half linen over brown boards. Front board with gilt title in Jugendstil lettering; spine with gilt title. Patterned endpapers.
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Fantastic Art Nouveau plates of dragons, shells and fish
Temminck, C. J. (ed.)
Verhandelingen over de natuurlijke geschiedenis der Nederlandsche overzeesche bezittingen, door de Leden der Natuurkundige commissie in Indië en andere schrijvers. Uitgegeven op last van de Koning.
Leiden, S. Luchtmans and J. Luchtmans, 1839-1844. Three volumes in five, including a matching drop box. Folio (42.6 x 29.1 cm). 1379 pp.; 258 plates on 257 sheets (and one double, not counted), of which all but 81 finely hand-coloured, and four maps, of which one double-sized, and all but one partly hand-coloured. Uniform contemporary dark green half morocco over grained boards. Spines with five raised bands; gilt ornaments at head and foot, and gilt title. Speckled edges.
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A well-preserved set of this rarely-seen work with an unusual high number of coloured plates
The Four Tops
[Autographs]. The Four Tops. Signed photo.
Detroit, MI, International Talent Management, ca. 1966. B/w glossy photo print (11.25 x 7.75 cm) by James Kriegsmann, signed in red and black ink by the group members, Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir, Lawrence Payton, Renaldo ‘Obie’ Benson, and Levi Stubbs.
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Four Top Autographs
Lips' Fabr...
[Trade Catalogue] Lips Fabrieken
Lips' Fabrieken 1870-1910. Brandkasten, Kluizen, Safe-Deposits, Veiligheidssloten.
Dordrecht, Lips, 1910. Oblong folio (28.0 x 37.0 cm). 25 pp., printed in black and gold; with numerous illustrations, mostly after original photographs. String-bound embossed green wrappers with gilt vignette of the company logo.
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Keys to success - a fine album
De corpi m...
Vallisneri, A. [Vallisnieri]
De corpi marini, che fu' Monti si trovano; delle lore origine; e dello stato del Mondo avanti'l Diluvio, nel Diluvio, e dopo il Diluvio: lettere critiche di Antonio Vallisneri. ... con le annotazioni alle quali s'aggiungono tre altre lettere critiche contre le opere del Sig. Andry, Francese, e suoi Giornali.
Venezia, Dominico Lovisa, 1721. 4to (21.9 x 16.2 cm). [viii], 254, x pp.; four large, folded, engraved plates. Contemporary limp vellum. Spine with title written in ink in an old hand. Edges speckled red.
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Palaeontological researches by an early follower of Galilei
Insecta Br...
Walker, F.
Insecta Britannica. Diptera. Vol. I - III. [Complete].
London, Lovell Reeve, 1851-1856. Three volumes in three. 8vo (22.0 x 14.1 cm). [I (1851): vi, 314, (16); II (1853): vi, 298, (16); III (1856): xxiv, 352, (24)]; 30 engraved plates [I: I-X; II: XI-XX; III: XXI-XXX]. Uniform original pebbled and blind-tooled cloth; gilt title on the spines. Yellow endpapers.
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A rare, complete set
Werner, C. F.
Nile-sketches painted from nature during his travels through Egypt.
Wandsbeck near Hamburg, Gustav W. Seitz; London, Hildesheimer & Faulkner, [1870-1878]. Folio (37.4 x 29.1 cm). Frontispiece map in red and black; title in red and black; 71 pp.; 24 chromolithographed page-sized views, each with a printed tissue-guard. Publisher's very rich gilt polychrome, decorative cloth. Gilt title on the spine and front board. Pictorial endpapers. All edges gilt. In protective transparent (Mylar) sleeve.
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The first English edition of a stunningly bound and illustrated book
Medical Bo...
Woodville, W.
Medical Botany, containing systematic and general descriptions, with plates of all the medicinal plants, indigenous and exotic, comprehended in the Materia Medica. Accompanied with a circumstantial detail of their medical virtues and effects, and of the diseases in which they have been most succesfully [sic] employed. Second edition. Revised, enlarged, and systematically arranged by the author (the whole to be comprised in 55 numbers, containing 274 plates, many of them new) ... to be continued monthly.
London, Phillips & Fardon, [1810]. Small folio (23.5 x 19.0 cm). 274 fine, hand-coloured engraved plates [numbered 1-111; 113-274, 181*], in 55 original printed wrappers.
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A rare complete plate-set with all the very seldom-seen original wrappers
On the art...
Wyatt, M. D.
On the art of mosaic, antient and modern, by Digby Wyatt, architect.
London, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, 1847-1849. Two parts in two. Large 4to (23.5 x 17.2 cm). 502 pp. (viii, 144; 145-493, [i]); numerous text engravings; 46 plates, of which 13 in full colour, the others tinted or plain, including three larger, folded. Original, uniform printed wrappers.
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Early illustrated treatise on the history of mosaics