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First printed record of Abu Dhabi and Dubai:the first Latin edition

[BALBI, Gasparo]. DE BRY, Johann Theodor. Indiae Orientalis pars septima [...].
Frankfurt, Wolfgang Richter, 1606. Folio (21 x 32 cm). Title within engraved figurative border. With an engraved vignette, 22 engraved plates (2 of which double-page). Contemp. brown calf with gilt borders and decoration on middle of covers; blindtooled spine rebacked. Traces of ties. Full description
€ 45,000
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First printed record of Abu Dhabi and Dubai:
the first Latin edition

[BALBI, Gasparo]. DE BRY, Johann Theodor. Indiae Orientalis pars septima [...].Including: Icones, hoc est verae variorum populorum et regum, ceremoniarum item, superstitiosorum rituum et rerum aliarum, ...
Frankfurt, Wolfgang Richter, 1606. Folio (32.5 x 20 cm). With the letterpress title within an engraved architectural border, an individual letterpress title-page for the Icones, an engraved coat of arms on the dedication leaf, 20 engravings in text and 2 double-page engraved plates. 20th-century green half morocco. Full description
€ 18,500
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Renowned Portuguese voyages of discovery 1419-1539 (large paper copy)

BARROS, João de. De doorlugtige scheeps-togten der Portugysen na Oost-Indiën, mitsgaders de voornaamste gedeeltens van Africa en de Roode-Zee met alle daar omtrent gelegene eylanden, ... Alles onlangs uyt het Portugys in 't Nederlands getrouwelijk vertaalt, ... Nu aldereerst dusdanig in twee stukken afgescheyden in 't ligt gebragt.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, [ca. 1711]. 2 volumes. 1mo. With 2 engraved title-pages, engraved dedication, 22 engraved maps (2 double-page, and 20 half-page on 10 leaves), and 60 engravings in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, boards with a large blind-tooled centrepiece with the initials H.B. Full description
€ 8,500
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First edition of Belon's account of his travels in the Ottoman Empire, with a folding map of Mount Sinai

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet, Guillaume Cavellat), 1553. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With Cavellat's woodcut device on title-page and the 2 part-titles, Corrozet's woodcut device on last page, 36 woodcut illustrations in the text (4 hand-coloured), numerous decorated initials (1 hand-coloured), and an extra added folding woodcut map (31 x 32.5 cm) showing Mount Sinai. 18th-century mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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First edition of an account of the Jesuit Mission in Syria,
with a description of the region & people

BESSON, Joseph. La Syrie Sainte. Ou la mission de Jesus et des peres de la compagnie de Jesus en Syrie.
Paris, Jean Henault, 1660. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a folding engraved map of Syria (including Lebanon, eastern Cyprus, and Palestine as far south as Gaza and the Dead Sea), with an inset map of the Lebanese coast from Beirut to Lebanese Tripo. Contemporary mottled tanned sheepskin, with gold-tooled fillets on the spine and boards. Full description
€ 11,000
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The Dutch translation of the first French book on Siam

BOURGES, Jacques de. Naaukeurig verhaal van de reis des bisschops van Beryte, uit Frankryk te lant en ter zee naar China: namelyk uit Marsilien over de Middelantsche zee naar Aleppo, en voort te lant deur Syrien, Arabien, Persiën, en verscheide Indiäansche lantschappen.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1669. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on title, and 8 half-page engraved illustrations in text.  Modern half vellum. Full description
€ 2,950
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Ground-breaking first printed illustrated travel account: a voyage to and in the Middle East,
also a great masterpiece of book production and illustration

BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von. [Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam].
(Colophon: Mainz, printed by Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486). Chancery folio (33 x 22.5 cm). With a woodcut frontispiece, a woodcut female figure with the Henneberg arms below the colophon, 3 (of 7) double-page and larger folding plates with large woodcut views; 5 (of 7) woodcut illustrations and 5 (of 6) woodcut alphabets of exotic languages; all woodcut views on the integral leaves and one folding plate coloured by a contemporary hand. With about 110 spaces left for initials, filled in with red “Lombardic” uncials; rubricated throughout. Lacking 4 plates and 1 printed integral leaf, and with 2 other (uncoloured) plates added from other copies (one from a later edition). Contemporary panel-stamped and blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. Full description
€ 45,000
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