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The first European to enter the Gulf: the final edition of Albuquerque's works

ALBUQUERQUE, Alfonso de. Commentarios do grande Afonso Dalboquerque capitao geral que foi das Indias orientaes em tempo do muito poderoso rey D. Manuel o primeiro deste nome.
Lisbon, Regia officina typografica, 1774. 4 volumes. Small 8vo. With a woodcut of Albuquerques coat of arms on all four title-pages, engraved portrait, an engraved illustration above the dedication, large engraved folding map and woodcut illustration in text. The map reaches from Egypt and Madagascar in the west to the Philippines and New Guinea in the east, including the Arabian Peninsula, the south of China, the east coast of Africa and most of the East Indies. Contemporary Portuguese mottled sheepskin with gold-tooled spines with red title labels, blue sprinkled edges, marbled endpapers. [6], XXX, [14], 343, [1]; [12], 285, [1], [2 blank]; [12], 289, [1], [2 blank]; [12], 256 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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First issue of a rare educational kit by Aramco, teaching American children about Saudi Arabia

[ARAMCO]. You discover Saudi Arabia.
New York, [various publishers], 1969.
(1) PHILIPS, Ted. Getting to know Saudi Arabia.
New York, Coward-McCann, Inc., 1969.
(2) [ARAMCO]. 10 posters.
New York, Aramco, [1969].
(3) [ARAMCO]. A study guide for you discover Saudi Arabia.
New York, You Discover Inc., 1969.
Ad 1: 21,5 x 16.5 cm; ad 2: 56 x 43 cm; ad 3: 28 x 21.5 cm. The posters and the children's book are richly illustrated. Ad 1: Original printed illustrated paper wrappers. Ad 1: 64 pp.; Ad 3: 12 pp. Full description
€ 950
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1860s views of the Holy City of Jerusalem

BERGHEIM, Peter. Views of Jerusalem and Environs.
Jerusalem, [late 1860s]. Box: 43.8 x 34.5 x 7.3 cm. A suite of 48 albumen photographs (ca. 22 x 29 cm) mounted on modern cardstock (40.5 x 31.3 cm), mostly with original printed captions pasted beneath the image, with tissue guards. Stored in an archivel chemise in a modern gold-tooled red cloth box, incorporating the original gold-lettered red cloth album cover (original back cover gold-tooled vignette showing the Dome of the Rock recessed on the inside of the lid of the box). [48] ll. Full description
€ 35,000
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A British diarist on the Arab-African slave trade

DEVEREUX, William Cope. A cruise in the "Gorgon"; or, eighteen months on H.M.S. "Gorgon", engaged in the suppression of the slave trade on the east coast of Africa.
London, Bell and Daldy, 1869. 8vo. With a hand-coloured folding map as a frontispiece. Original publisher's blue cloth. XV, [1], 421, [3] pp. including 2 pp. of adverts. Full description
€ 4,500
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Eyewitness account of a 1570 diplomatic mission to the Ottoman court,
with 28 fine original colour drawings and samples of Turkish decorated paper

[DIPLOMATIC MISSION]. BRAECKLE, Jacques de. Memoires du voiage de Constantinople de Jacques de Bracle seigneur de Bassecourt.
[Various places, [1570 or very soon after]. 4to (main text & decorated paper) & 8vo (transcription & drawings) (21.5 x 14.5 cm). Manuscript in French, written in brown ink on paper in a Flemish bastarda gothic hand, with about 26 lines per page. With 8 contemporary half-sheet specimens of Turkish decorated "silhouette" paper (folded to make 16 leaves in 2 quires), a series of 28 drawings in brown ink and coloured gouaches, highlighted in gold (mostly costume figures, some showing the Sultan and other leading figures, others showing anonymous types from various ethnic and religious groups), plus a ca. 1800, transcript of the complete text and biography of the author (with his arms in colour). Modern sheepskin parchment. [2 blank], [34]; [5 blank], [62 incl. a few blank], [1 blank] pp. plus 8 double leaves of decorated paper and [36], [4 blank]; [2], [2 blank] pp. of 18th-century additions. Full description
€ 180,000
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Over forty plates of East Africa based on daguerrotypes

GULLAIN, Charles. Documents sur l'histoire, la geographie et le commerce de l'Afrique orientale.
Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1856-1857]. 3 text volumes and 1 atlas volume. Text volumes: 8vo; atlas volume: folio. With 55 tinted plates. Contemporary leather-backed marbled boards. XXXI, [1], 628; XXIII, [1], 556; [4], 527, [1 blank] pp. Atlas volume: [4] pp. and 55 plates. Full description
€ 35,000
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