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Very rare early description of the Muslim population in Guinea

ALMADA, André Álvares de (Vitorino José da COSTA, ed.). Relaçaõ, e descripçaõ de Guiné na qual se trata das varias naçoens de negros, que a povoaõ, dos seus costumes, leys, ritos, ceremonias, guerras, armas, trajos, da qualidade dos portos, e do commercio, que nelles se faz.
Lisbon, Miguel Rodrigues, 1733. 4to. With a woodcut decoration on the title-page, headpieces and a large tailpiece.Modern decorated paper covers. [4], 62 pp. Full description
€ 6,850
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Informing publications by the League of Arab states


Public health & welfare in the Arab states. Past, present and future. Information paper number 8.
New York, The Arab information center, 1959
(2) LANDAU, Rom. The Arab heritage of western civilization. Information paper number 20.
New York, The Arab information center, 1962.
(3) HADAWI, Sami. Palestine in the United Nations. Information paper number 24.
New York, The Arab information center, 1964.
Publishers green wrappers.

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€ 250
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Unique hand-coloured copy of Dapper's famous description of Africa

DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche gewesten van Egypten, Barbaryen, Lybien, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopiën, Abyssinie: vertoont in de benamingen, grenspalen, revieren, steden, gewassen, dieren, zeeden, drachten, talen, rijkdommen, godsdiensten en heerschappyen. ...
Including: Naukeurige beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche eylanden ...
Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1676. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio (33 x 22 cm). With a richly engraved allegorical frontispiece, a large folding engraved map of Africa (44.5 x 56 cm), 14 double-page engraved maps of parts of Africa and the adjacent islands, 27 double-page and 1 larger folding engraved plates and views, and 55 half-page engraved views, plans, illustrations of costumes, animals, plants, etc. in the text. All illustrations coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary vellum at a later date with elaborate blind-tooled decorations, including oriental portraits. With 2 decorated brass clasps, signed B-I. [6], 428, 349, [16]; [1], 121, [4] pp. Full description
€ 85,000
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First edition of nearly all Euripides plays, in Aldus's best and last Greek, type: Thomas More's fictional hero gave a copy to the Utopians in 1516!

EURIPIDES. [Title in Greek then Latin:] Tragoediae septendecim [recté octodecim], ex quib[us]. quaedam habent commentaria. & sunt hae. Hecuba[,] Orestes[,] Phoenissae[,] Medea[,] Hippolytus[,] Alcestis[,] Andromache[,] Supplices[,] Iphigenia in Aulide[,] Iphigenia in Tauris[,] Rhesus[,] Troades[,] Bacchae[,] Cyclops[,] Heraclide[,] Helena[,] Ion[, Hercules furens].
(Colophon to each volume: Venice, Aldus Manutius, February 1503). 2 volumes. 8vo. With Aldus's anchor device on the last page of each volume, printed in Aldus's beautiful Greek type.Matching limp vellum (made from 2 leaves from a ca. 1560/70? Spanish legal manuscript), constructed or reconstructed ca. 1900. [268]; [190] ll. Full description
€ 40,000
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Seminal guide to the East and West Indies, with 42 double-page and folding plates, including 6 maps, all engravings beautifully coloured by a contemporary hand

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van. Histoire de la navigation ... aux Indes Orientales ... Avec annotations de B. Paludanus, ... Troixiesme edition augmentee.
LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van. Le grand routier de mer, ...
[LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van]. Description de l'Amerique & des parties d'icelle, ...
Amsterdam, Evert Cloppenburg, 1638. Folio (32.5 x 21 cm). With 3 title-pages (2 from the same full-page engraving and 1 letterpress with an engraving of a ship in a cartouche with 4 inset city views), a nearly full-page engraved portrait of the author in a cartouche with 4 inset views, 42 engraved plates including 6 maps (31 double-page & 11 larger folding). All plates coloured by a contemporary hand. Near contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. [8], 206 pp.; [4], 181, [1 blank]; [1], [1 blank], “86” [= 80], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 275,000
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Javanese manuscript of an Islamic version of the story of Joseph and his brothers

[Java], [ca.1800?]. Small folio in 10s (26.5 x 18 cm). Manuscript in the Javanese language, neatly written in the Javanese script in black ink on Javanese dluwang "paper" (beaten paper mulberry bark, a sort of tapa). The leaves are numbered in Arabic numerals on the versos, perhaps by the same hand as the main text. Lacking 2 leaves (E5.6: ll. 43-44). Sewn at three stations (the middle one perhaps without a support), with dluang "paper" wrappers laced onto the bookblock with tacket-like vertical cords at the head and foot of the spine (11 or 12 each), headbands in the form of 3 rows of herringbone stitches, and with the first leaf and last leaf pasted down to the facing wrapper. [2], [122 of] 124, [1] ll. including 2 integral end-leaves preceding the title-spread. Full description
€ 14,500
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Compendium of texts on Portuguese exploration

MARTINEZ DE LA PUENTE, José. Compendio de las historias de los descubrimientos, conquistas, y guerras de la India Oriental, y sus islas, desde los tiempos del infante Don Enrique de Portugal su inventor, hermano del Rey D. Duarte, hasta los del Rey D. Felipe II. de Portugal, y III. de Castilla. Y la introduccion del comercio Portugues en las Malucas, y sus operaciones politicas, y militares en ellas. Hecho y añadida una descripcion de la India, y sus islas, y de las costas de Africa, por donde se començò la navegacion del mar del Sur; sus riquezas, costumbres de sus gentes, y otras cosas notables. Y dedicado al grande, al portentoso portugues San Antonio de Padua.
Madrid, widow of Jose Fernandez Buendia for the Imprenta Imperial, 1681. 8vo. Title in red and black, woodcut decorated initials.Contemporary overlapping vellum with remains of ties, manuscript title on spine, with 2 discarded manuscript leaves used as paste-downs. [14 (of 16)], 380, [34] pp. Full description
€ 4,500
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Catherine de' Medici and the Ottoman Sultan Murad III

[LETTER - SIGNED]. MEDICI, Catherine de'. [Letter to Jacques de Germigny in Constantinople (Istanbul)].
Chenonceaux, 2 September 1584. Folio (34 x 24 cm). Signed letter in French, in brown ink on paper, written in a clear gothic hand. Folded for sending and addressed on the outside, with a slot for a ribbon and traces of a red wax seal. [1], [3 blank (except for address)] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Turkish costumes after the famous series by Nicolas Nicolay

[NICOLAY, Nicolas]. Plusieurs descriptions des accoustremens, tant des magistrats et officiers de la Porte de l' Empereur des Turcs, que des peuples assujectis à son Empire. Avec les figurs des representant le tout au naturel, tirees des medailles antiques & descriptions de ceux qui ont frequenté parmy ces nations, ou des bons autheurs qui en ont escrit.
Including: THOMAS, Artus. Tableaux prophetiques des empereur severe et leon, avec leurs epigrammes predisans la ruine de la monarchie des Turcs.
[Paris, widow of Abel L'Angelier, 1620]. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With 79 engraved plates, including 62 costume plates (ca. 27.5 x 17.5 cm) after Nicolas Nicolay. With an additional loosely inserted engraving of a "Marchant Juif". All the plates have explanatory texts on the versos of the preceding plates. 19th-century green half morocco. "64" [=65] ll., 65-114, [3], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 13,500
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Editio princeps

PINDAR. Olympia. Pythia. Nemesa. Isthmia. Callimachi hymni qui inveniuntur. Dionysius de situ arbis. Licophronis Alexandra, obscurum poema (in Greek).
Venice, Aldus Manutius, Andrea Torresano and company, January 1513. Small 8vo. With Aldus's woodcut dolphin and anchor device on title, flanked by "AL ... DUS". Full-grained red morocco (ca. 1870s?), title in gold on spine, richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges, signed "CHAMBOLLE-DURU". [16], 373, [1], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Detailed studies of plague outbreaks in the Middle East

[PLAGUE]. Papers relating to the modern history and recent progress of Levantine plague; prepared from time to time by direction of the president to the local government board, with other papers. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of Her Majesty, 1879. C.-2262.
London, George Edward Eyre & William Spottiswoode, 1879. Folio. With two folding lithographed maps, one centered on the Middle East and the other detailing the seats of the plague in Mesopotamia and south-west Persia.Original publishers blue printed paper wrappers. [2], 76 pp. Full description
€ 4,500
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The First Anglo-Afghan War: an extraordinary snapshot of the Nort-West Frontier of British India between 1840 en 1845.

[PUNJAB-BRITISH SECRETARIAT]. Press lists of old records in the Punjab Secretariat - Volume VII. - North-West Frontier Agency. Correspondence with Government, 1840-1845.
Lahore, printed by the superintendent, Government Printing, Punjab, 1915. 1 volume bound as 2. Folio. With an addendum slip facing p. 197. Brown calf, with "Book 1" and "Book 2" in gold on the spines. [2?], 993 pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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"Wonderful reproductions of the best known carpets"

SARRE, Friedrich and Hermann TRENKWALD. Alt-orientalische Teppiche.
Vienna & Leipzig, Anton Schroll & Co. and Karl W. Hiersemann for the Österreichischen Museum für Kunst und Industrie, 1926-1928. 2 volumes bound as 4. Imperial folio (60.5 x 44 cm). With 120 collotype plates (67 colour and 53 black & white, 7 of the latter double-page) by Max Jaffé (1845-1939), and 14 wood-engraved full-page illustrations on the integral leaves. Later half calf with cloth sides. 21, [3], [29]; [31]; 43, [28]; [32] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Great hunting print series (including falconry), with engraved title-print & 104 very large prints, engraved 1578-ca. 1596/1612

STRADANUS, Johannes (Jan van der STRAET). Venationes ferarum, avium, piscium. Pugnae bestiariorum: & mutuae bestiarum, ...
Antwerp, Johannes Galle, ca. 1665/75 [engraved 1578-ca. 1596/1612]. Oblong 1mo (26.5 x 36 cm). With an engraved title-print and 104 numbered engraved prints (plate size 21.5 x 29.5 cm; image size 20.5 x 29.5 cm), each with a verse caption in 2 columns in the foot of the plate (mostly 4 lines, occasionally 2 lines). Half parchment (ca. 1880?). [1], 104 engraved ll. Full description
€ 55,000
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Very early European eyewitness description of India, confirming Marco Polo’s statements

BARTEMA, Luis (Ludovico di VARTHEMA).

The Navigation and v[o]yages of Lewes Vertomannus, Gentelman of the citie of Rome, to the regions of Arabia, Egypte, Persia, Syria, Ethiopia, and East India, both within and without the ryver of Ganges, etc. In the yeere of our Lorde 1503. Conteynyng many notable and straunge thinges, both hystoricall and naturall. Translated out of Latine into Engylshe, by Richarde Eden.
London, Richard Jugge, 1577. 4to. With historiated woodcut initials. Splendid modern full navy blue morocco, bands on spine with title showing faded gilt, covers double-ruled gilt. [10], 466, [6] ll.

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€ 265,000
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