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LA RUE, Jean Baptiste de.
BAL 1765; not in Berlin Kat.; Fowler; Millard; Vagnetti. Second issue of the first edition (1728) of "the most accurate and complete work on the subject of stone-cutting for building" (BAL). An abundantly and clearly illustrated manual on cutting stone for architectural construction, with meticulously detailed instructions. The main text is divided into five parts covering doorways and entry vaults, other vaults, pendentives (sections of domes), rampant (asymmetrical) arches and spiral stairs. All five parts are extensively illustrated, mostly with one or two plates for every chapter, in total 120 full-page plates and 1 large folding plate (plate size 47.5 x 61 cm) showing plans, cross-sections and views of gates, doorways, halls, tunnels, vaults, domes, corridors, niches, windows, staircases, etc. along with some measuring tools. The present copy is said to be on large-paper: it is in any case about the same size as the BAL copy, giving it generous margins. With an 18th-century manuscript bookplate, partly torn away. The large folding plate is somewhat browned and tattered, with small tears around the edges (1 running into the image and 2 crudely repaired with tape, mostly in the margins), a couple text leaves are also browned, an occasional further plate or text leaf shows minor, mostly marginal browning or spots and the last few leaves have a marginal restoration in the upper outside corner, but the book is otherwise in good condition. The binding has been rebacked and the flaking leather stabilized, but most of the gold-tooled spine is clear and the book is now structurally sound. An essential source for the history of stone masonry, beautifully and extensively illustrated.
P.G. Bietenholz & T.B. Deutscher, Contemporaries of Erasmus (2003), vol. 1, p. 340; Durling 2322; VD16, H 3744; Wellcome I 3179. First edition of Janus Cornarius’s classic Latin translation of the collected works of Hippocrates, beautifully printed by Froben in Basel, the present copy used as printer’s copy for Valgrisi’s Venice edition in the same year 1546. Surviving examples of printer’s copy, that is, the actual physical exemplar used by the compositor or compositors to set a new edition, are "unique resources for insight into printing-house practices . witnesses to how the production of a book was planned, and how it grew under the compositors’ hands" (Hellinga, Texts in transit, pp. 37-38). Examples from the first half of the 16th century, whether manuscripts or marked-up printed books, are quite rare, and examples prepared and used in different printing offices may reveal different practices.In 1538, Cornarius had edited Froben and Episcopius’s Greek edition of Hippocrates’s works, which long remained the standard text. His translation for their present Latin edition also set the standard that was followed by all others: Erasmus called it a work of "genius". Several publishers in several countries reprinted it already later in the same year. With a mostly marginal stain in the colophon leaf and a few others, occasional dirt, smudges and minor marginal stains or foxing, and a small corner torn off 1 leaf, but still in good condition and only slightly trimmed. The binding is tattered, lacking most of the backstrip and with chips and abrasions.
Ibrahim-Hilmy II, pp. 335-336. First edition of beautifully illustrated description of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt by Major-General Sir Charles Wilson (1836-1905). In the preface to his biography on Wilson, Charles Moore Watson wrote that Wilson "probably did more than any other man to increase the knowledge of the geography and archeology of Asia Minor, Palestine and the adjacent countries". It also includes descriptions by distinguished explorers in Palestine such as Canon Tristram, Charles Warren, M. Rogers, and notably Major Claude Reignier Conder, R.E. (1848-1910), as well as several others. The fourth volume is completely devoted to Sinai (pp. 1-120) and Egypt (pp. 121-234). The illustrations in the parts that describe Sinai include a detailed map of Sinai and Egypt, views of Jebel Hammam Far’un, Jebel Kanata, the mountains at the head of Wady Leja and Jebel ed Deir. Some occasional spots, but otherwise a very good set.
DOUAI - PHARMACOPOEIA]. BRISSEAU, Michel, and others.
Anet (1 manuscript copy); Daems & Vandewiele, p. 93 (3 copies); Vandewiele, "La Pharmacopée de Douai en manuscrit de Michel Brisseau" in: Revue d’histoire de la pharmacie LXI, 216 (1973), pp. 340-344; WorldCat (2 copies); not in: Blake; Wellcome. Very rare first and only edition of the pharmacopoeia of the city of Douai in French Flanders. Although the city housed the second oldest university in the Low Countries, it had never before compiled its own pharmacopoeia, whereas nearby Lille had been the first city in the Southern Low Countries to do so. Compared with other pharmacopoeias, the Douai pharmacopoeia was rather conservative and even old fashioned, both in its recipes as in its use of measurements and despite being titled as "Galeno-chymica" the number of chemical formulas is quite low (cf. Vandewiele). With a contemporary owner’s inscription on the title-page. Binding heavily worn and darkened due to water damage; spine damaged at the head and foot. Spotted and browned throughout and with a large damp stain in the lower margin; a fair copy.
QUERCETANUS, Josephus (CHESNE, Joseph du, DUCHESNE, QUESNE).
Partington II, p. 167. Corrected second edition of a popular pharmacopoeia by the French physician and chemist Joseph Duchesne, Latinized Quercetanus, (ca. 1544-1609), a follower of Paracelsus and physician to the French King Henry IV. The work discusses the art of distillation and gives many recipes and preparations for various chemical medicines, including waters, oils, syrups, wines, powders, and many purgative medicines. The work closes with a table of contents and an index.With two bookplates on paste-down. Quire I partly detached from bookblock, a faint water stain in the inner gutter and a few small spots. Binding slightly worn. Overall in good condition.
SHARAF AD-DIN ALI YAZDI.
Elwell-Sutton, Bibliographical guide to Iran, p. 194; STCN 141521686 (8 copies). First edition printed in the Netherlands of the history of Timur (Tamerlane) by the Persian historian Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi (d. 1454), who was a close companion of Tamerlane’s successor, Shah Rukh. Shak Rukh’s son commissioned the book, which Yazdi probably wrote between 1424 and 1428, originally entitled Zafarnama: "The book of victory". He based much of his work on an earlier but less extensive Zafernama, written by the historian Nizam ad-Din Shami, a contemporary of Tamerlane. The first volume opens with an engraved portrait of Tamerlane. Included are maps of Transoxiana, Mongolia, Turkey, Iraq and Iran, a general map of Asia and a map depicting Tamerlane’s expeditions in and around India.Occasionally some minor foxing and some small spots. Bindings only very slightly rubbed. Overall in very good condition.
BMC maps 3, col. 306; Cohen & De Ricci, p. 807; IKAR (2 copies); for the Paris arms: Olivier 2121 no. 3. An extraordinary engraved map of Paris and surroundings in 20 enormous sheets, showing the city and its buildings in a bird’s-eye view (the buildings in an orthographic projection, nearly isometric, but mostly from a slightly higher angle, around 45°). It covers the area within about 3 kilometres of the centre of Paris at a scale of about 1:2000, showing every house and every other building in great detail with windows and doors, as well as the layout of gardens, parks and orchards, boats in and beside the rivers, and in the surrounding countryside also topographic features. No map gives a clearer idea of what Paris looked like ca. 1740. Michel Étienne Turgot (1690-1751), "prévôt des marchands" of Paris (more or less the mayor) and one of the most powerful men in France, ordered its production, which occupied the years 1734 to 1739. It was surveyed and drawn by Louis Bretez, engraved by Claude Lucas, and the lettering executed by "Aubin". A note on the key map indicates the main map was sold both assembled as a wall map and bound in segments as an atlas. It served both practical aims as a reliable guide to the city and showed off the city’s glory. The present copy, in its splendid gold-tooled red morocco binding with the Paris coat of arms and the extensive use of French lilies, certainly appears to have been intended as a presentation copy that the city might give to influential people or honoured visitors, but it contains no record of its provenance. Cohen & De Ricci notes that copies in red morocco "de Padeloup" (perhaps merely meaning in the general style associated with Antoine Michel Padeloup, royal binder from 1733) are known with either the arms of Paris or the royal arms.With an occasional small tear, 3 entering 1 to 3 cm into the map image, but all sheets in very good condition. The binding shows minor damage at the corners and slight wear to the hinges, but is also very good. A remarkably well-preserved copy of the most magnificent map of Paris.
BORGHÈSE, Antonio D.R.
Not in BNF Paris; KVK; WorldCat. Second copy known of a general introduction to music theory, composition and performance by the Italian composer and music teacher Antonio Borghèse, printed but probably never published due to the chaos resulting from the abdications of the Kings of Spain at Bayonne (where this treatise was printed) in 1808 and the ensuing Spanish revolution and Napoleon’s invasion of Spain. It was clearly supposed to have engraved plates, for the printed text refers to them parenthetically in the form "voyez planche A, no. 6" etc., but they were apparently never engraved. The author-composer therefore inserted what are probably his own autograph models for the plates, with mensural music illustrating various points in his book, some simple and brief, showing things like the forms of notes and rests of various lengths; others showing whole pages of polyphonic music with up to eight five-line staves. Borghèse attempts to cover both the art and the science of music, both theory (part 1, pp. 1-22) and practice (part 2, pp. 23-65), including both composition and performance, vocal and instrumental. Although the present book is undated, the dedication to the Prince of Asturias, the Spanish crown prince, clearly refers to the future King Fernando VII, who was Prince of Asturias from 1789 to 1808, so the book was almost certainly printed before his arrest in October 1807. If Borghèse had this copy bound with his original manuscript examples of music for presentation to Fernando either when he was crown prince or during his brief and ill-fated first reign as King of Spain, there is no indication that he ever received it. The Bibliothèque Municipale de Toulouse has the only other copy located, and its catalogue mentions no plates.With a small stain at the head of the leaves, not approaching the text, and minor foxing in a couple leaves, but generally in fine condition and with generous margins. The manuscript music samples show a couple creases, a couple faint and small stains and one tattered edge, but all are very good or fine. The binding has very slight wear at the extremities but is also generally fine.
Pettas, Giunti of Florence, p. 720; USTC 4034226; cf. Adams R231 (1st ed., with only 4 biographies). Biographies of five "illustrious men", all known primarily for their positions of power in Florentine politics, in the original Italian, by Silvano Razzi (1527-1611). Valori was added for the first time in the present second edition. Razzi’s selection is interesting for including people whose power proved short-lived or who worked largely behind the scenes: all five changed the course of Florence’s history with important long-term consequences, but only Cosimo de’ Medici is a household name.Farinata (or Manente) degli Uberti (1212-1264) ruled Florence from 1239 to 1250, when the Guelphs exiled him, but he recaptured Florence in 1560. He was posthumously convicted of heresy and appears in Dante’s Inferno, burning in hell.Gualtieri VI (1304/05-1356) is best known as the ruler of Florence in 1342. He rescued Florence from a severe financial crisis, but did so in such a heavy-handed manner that he quickly made enemies and was forced out of office after less than a year, though he had been appointed for life.Salvestro de’ Medici (ca. 1331-1388), who ruled Florence on and off from 1378 to 1382, also opposed the Guelphs, rallying the support of the guilds (which included the bankers) against them.Cosimo de’ Medici the elder (1389-1464), head of the great banking family and de facto ruler of Florence for half a century, was also one of the greatest patrons of the arts, architecture and scholarship of all time.Francesco Valori (1439-1498) had supported Lorenzo de’ Medici, ruler of Florence from 1469, but supported the zealous reformer but also violently moralistic Dominican Girolamo Savonarola against the Medici when Lorenzo died in 1492. With a tear along the fold at the foot of bifolium 2A1.4, some small and mostly marginal stains in the foot of the gutter margin of 2 leaves, minor foxing, and some water stains in the fore-edge margin, but still in good condition and with generous margins.
Photo album of a study trip to Libya, containing 42 photographs, compiled by Ludwig Duemlein, who was accompanied on his travels by Wilhelm Völcker and Harald Froese. It also contains some leaves with descriptive text. The goal of the journey was to collect some zoological material and to bring some animals back to Germany alive where they could be observed in captivity. The album opens with a portrait of Duemlein himself, a manuscript title-page, two leaves containing a preface, a photograph of Tripoli, and a manuscript map showing Duemlein’s route. The album is divided into five sections, each preceded by a manuscript divisional title-page. One section contains photographs of animals spotted during the journey, including a chameleon, agamid, gecko, camel and some dolphins. Other photographs contain portraits of locals, views of mountains, forests, trees and deserts, local merchandise and archaeological remains. The majority of the photographs are captioned, mentioning the photographer as well. The two drawings show animals Duemlein spotted on some Libyan silverware.With a small note pasted on the back of the title-page. Binding only very slightly rubbed. Internally in very good condition.
SPAENDONCK, Gerard van.
Van Boven & Segal, Gerard & Cornelis van Spaendonck, pp. 178-184, no. 12; for the series: Blunt, pp. 175-176; Dunthorne 1938; Hunt 673 note; Nissen, BBI 1879. Magnificent illustration of a corncob with leaves printed in colour and delicately finished by hand. Maize is a cereal grain first domesticated by indigenous peoples in southern Mexico and has become a staple food in many parts of the world. It is originally part of a series of flower prints by Gerard van Spaendonck, the only engraved work published during his lifetime, "entitled Fleurs dessinées d’après Nature, which contains twenty-four magnificent drawings, brilliantly interpreted in stipple by P.F. Le Grand and other engravers. These are probably the finest engravings of flowers ever made" (Blunt) and "they are among the most breath-taking series of plates in the [Hunt] library" (Hunt). The series was originally published in 6 parts with 4 plates and available printed in black, printed in colour, or (as in the present case) printed in colour and finished by hand.Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822) was a proponent of the Dutch school of floral painting. He singlehandedly transformed the genre of flower painting in France, where he managed to unite the realism of the Dutch school with the suave elegance of the French school. In 1780 he became Professeur de Peinture de Fleurs at the Jardin des Plantes. Among his many pupils was Pierre Joseph Redouté. Minor restoration to the foot margin and some minor other blemishes also in the margins, all along the edges and covered by the passepartout. The illustration itself is in very good condition.
WALLERIUS, Johan Gottschalk (praeses) and Gustaf Adolf GYLLENBORG.
DSB XIV, pp. 144-145. First edition of a thesis on the role of chemistry in the development of agriculture, by the Swedish Count Gustaf Adolf Gyllenborg (1743-1789) and with the Swedish chemist and mineralogist Johan Gottschalk Wallerius (1709-1785) as praeses. It established the notion that the chemical composition of both the plants and the soil were to be comparatively studied, which became the basic principle of agricultural chemistry. "In accord with the utilitarian tendencies of the time, Wallerius, as professor of chemistry, was called upon to show what his knowledge could contribute to economic social life. . Wallerius’ interest in agriculture naturally led him to pursue agricultural chemistry, especially since agriculture was of great importance for the national economy. His research proved so basic and of such scope that he was called the father of agricultural chemistry" (DSB). The text is included in Latin with the Swedish text on the parallel page. With a manuscript owner’s inscription on paste-down and title-page and a bookplate on paste-down. Occasionally some minor marginal foxing, internally otherwise in very good condition. Binding discoloured and worn along the spine, with a small hole in the front board.
SACK DER KONSTEN].
Cf. Debaene, Nederlandse volksboeken, p. 262 (1st ed.); KVK & WorldCat (1 copy of 1603 Antwerp ed.); NCC (1st ed.); Nijhoff & Kronenberg 1843 (1st ed.); STCN (1637, 1643, 1661 eds.); printer not in Van Eeghen, De Amsterdamse boekhandel; Gruys & De Wolf; STCN. Only copy located of the 1616 Amsterdam edition of the popular Sack der consten, a collection of curious medical recipes based on popular traditional wisdom, first published in 1528. All early editions are extremely rare, those known survive in only one or two copies. It contains remedies for ailments and solutions to other problems concerning drunkenness, night vision, reducing the size of a virgin’s breasts, improving the relationship between man and wife, making dogs dance, etc. The present edition is printed by the unrecorded Amsterdam printer Teunis Willemszoon. The full imprint reads: "Tot Amsterdam, Ghedruckt by Teunis Willemszoon, woonende in de Bergh straet, in de drie Booneters, Int Jaer 1616". The name of the house appears to be unrecorded as well.In very good condition.
Unique course in cloth weaving as taught in a German-language technical school, probably carefully noted down by one of the pupils and beautifully illustrated with nearly 2000 weaving patterns drawn on grid paper (with the various threads colour-coded) and accompanied by hundreds of samples of woven cloth, both the patterns and the cloth samples mounted on the leaves. Most pages contain primarily patterns and samples, with only brief captions, but the occasional longer text sometimes run over a few pages. This German text provides an explanation of the patterns and their colour-coding, the various kinds of cloth and the weaving process. Many of the patterns are shown in red, black and white, but some add yellow and/or blue, a few use brown and a few use only red and white or only black and white. The weaving patterns and cloth samples are numbered as 1214 figures, but many numbers include two patterns or samples and some as many as five, and occasionally a number has been accidentally repeated. There are also at least 80 unnumbered patterns and samples.The title’s reference to the school in "Vaals-Aachen" probably means it was situated in Vaals but served German speakers in both communities. The area around Aachen had produced cloth for centuries, but after an economic depression in the mid-19th century it emerged and became known for its textile manufacturing by the 1880s. The present manuscript course forms a rich and splendid example of the thorough education its young people received in technical schools for a career in the cloth industry around 1900.A piece has been cut out of three leaves and some have come loose from the pages, but at least most of them are still present. The binding is slightly loose. The manuscript is generally in good condition. A remarkable and important source for any study of weaving and weaving education, also graphically fascinating and colourful.
Bierens de Haan 5368; Bruzelius, pp. 12-13; Cat. NHSM, p. 743; Landwehr, De Hooghe book illustrator 16 (112 plates only); Verkruijsse, Romeyn de Hooghe 1671.21. First edition of the first, most authoritative and important book on ship-building of the 17th century, by Nicolaas Witsen (1641-1717), a Dutch diplomat, cartographer, burgomaster of Amsterdam and director of the VOC. In the present copy, all plates except A and B are in the earlier state, with no engraved number (or letter). They are all numbered (or lettered) in letterpress. There was a later issue, which can be seen on Google Books: probably soon after the Dutch Stadholder William of Orange became King William III of England in 1689, leaves 3O1-3 were cancelled and replaced with a single newly set and printed bifolium (paginated 473-4, 477-8, with the first leaf unsigned and the second signed as 3O3). The text about the Dutch defeat of an English fleet in 1666 on the original pages 474-477 is omitted and a half sentence added on the new page 474. Our copy includes the longer original text, omitted in the later issue. Some minor restorations to the extremities of the frontispiece, a small tear in the double-page plate and the margins have been trimmed, shaving two letters on the title-page, otherwise in very good condition. Binding restored, boards rubbed. A classic of ship-building, with the plates in the earlier state.
CASTRES DE VAUX, Henry Alexandre Léopold, comte de.
Quérard II, p. 80; WorldCat (2 copies). Rare first and only edition of an account of a French expedition to the north coast of the Black Sea, the Crimea and the Sea of Azov, endeavouring to establish a colony of French Royalists during the French Revolution.Together with his army ("Corps de Condé"), the French royalist general Louis Joseph de Bourbon, prince de Condé (1736-1818), son of the duke of Bourbon, prime-minister of Louis XV, was involved in the Imperial Austrian armies resisting the French revolutionary armies since 1787. In 1796 the Prince de Condé got the permission of the Russian Tsar to establish a colony for French royalist "émigrés" on the Crimea or the coasts of the Sea of Azov. The campaign started with an army of ca. 3500 men in 1797 and ended unsuccessfully in 1802 in Dubno. Henry Alexandre Léopold, comte de Castres de Vaux, was field marshal in the Condé corps. Presented by the author to "Madame Taustre(?)", with his signed inscription on half-title. Some occasional minor foxing, but otherwise in very good condition.
BONTEKOE, Willem Ysbrantsz.
Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 381; Tiele, Bibl. 159; Verkruijsse & Verhoeven 1648-03. One of the most compelling and entertaining travel accounts of Dutch literature, in one of the earliest and most important editions, the first to be published by Hartgers. Bontekoe details his eventful 8-year voyage to the East Indies. The vivid description of his ship accidently exploding in the Sunda Strait, killing almost a third of the crew, no doubt made a huge impression on his readers. Bontekoe returned in 1625, but his travelogue was not published until 1646. It was an immediate success and went through numerous editions. From the beginning Raven’s short account of a voyage to Greenland, during which he too suffered shipwreck, was added to Bontekoe’s voyage. Almost all editions of Bontekoe’s narrative are rare. Jan Jansz. Deutel, who published the first edition in 1646, also published the first significantly revised edition in 1648, in part to better compete with the pirated edition with new and better illustrations by Salomon Saverij. Hartgers took the best of both, following Deutels revised text but Saverijs illustrations, establishing one of the two principal branches in the lineage of editions.Trimmed close to the text, slightly shaving an occasional shoulder note, the two corners at the foot of the plate are torn off, one just touching the corner of the image, and a dark stain on 2 facing pages, but still generally in good condition. Important early edition of the vivid description of Bontekoe’s voyage to the East Indies.
RADERMACHER, Jacobus Cornelis Matthieu de.
Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 615; Stafleu & Cowan 8501 (2 copies, both incomplete); STCN (2 copies); WorldCat (3 copies). Rare first and only edition of a catalogue of the plants found on the island of Java, Indonesia. The work was published in three volumes, the first containing descriptions of plants not recorded by Rumphius and Houttuyn and the second and third listing all the plant names Latin, Dutch and Malay/Javanese, with reference to Linnaeus, the Malay/Javanese set in roman type. The volumes were printed at the presses of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in Batavia on the island of Java (now Jakarta, Indonesia).Jacobus Cornelis Matthieu de Radermacher (1741-1783), started as a Dutch merchant in service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and rapidly rose in position in the company. He was one of the founding members of Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen and a proponent of the establishment of the botanical gardens of Buitenzorg.With a tiny tear in the second leaf and a couple of minor spots, otherwise in very good condition and only slightly trimmed, but lacking pp. 85-102 of volume three. Leaves E1-E2 of the same volume are included twice. The spineof the wrappers is tattered and its foot completely gone.
WorldCat (1 copy); Jordan 3482 (1 copy); Quérard 9, p. 5 (apparently unseen and misdated 1819); not in Jahns. First edition, in the very rare 1818 issue, of a Saint Petersburg fortification manual first issued in 1811, including the atlas volume of 20 engraved plates, which is rare in all issues and editions. The main series of plates shows large fortification plans and sections, including many details. The last 3 plates show 80 small figures. Most of the plates are double-page (half sheet), but 7 are larger folding plates. The author remains mysterious. The title-page calls him "Mr. Sea, élève du corps du génie de l’empire Français", but the dedication is signed "Henry Comte de Falkland". The avant-propos notes that the book presents the methods of Alexandre Magnus d’Obenheim (1753-ca. 1835/40), professor of fortification at Metz and formerly Lieutenant-Colonel in the French military engineering service. It gives a very detailed view of the methods that would have been familiar to both the French and the Russians during Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812.Apparently lacking plate 3 in the main series, but otherwise in very good condition. The bindings are slightly worn in general, with a large abrasion to the marbled paper on the lower outer part of both boards of the atlas volume, but they are otherwise good. A rare Saint Petersburg fortification manual, well and extensively illustrated, of special interest in relation to Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia.
Brüning 369; Durling 3178 note & 3187 note; Rosenthal, Bibliotheca Magica, 2987 (incompl.); Thorndike VI, p. 216; USTC 158149; Wellcome 4362. First edition, in the original Latin, of what proved an extremely popular work: 900 medical and other "secrets", including information on astrology, gardening, cosmetics and other subjects, arranged in nine numbered chapters, each containing 100 numbered prose "aphorisms". Like most books of secrets it offers a mixture of science and superstition gathered from a wide variety of ancient and modern sources, many of them named in the aphorisms, and its medicinal recipes served in turn as sources for other authors internationally. It is a beautiful little piece of book production, with finely engraved woodcut decorated initials and headpieces, excellent presswork and the main text set in a lovely Granjon St Augustin (86 mm/20 lines) italic.Mizauld (1510-1578) was a professor of medicine at the University of Paris and astrologer and physician to Margaret of Valois. Mizauld thought the poor often fell prey to greedy apothecaries, so he presented them with remedies they could often grow in their own gardens or gather in the wild. It was an entirely different work from the Memorabilium aliquot . that Mizauld had published in 1554, but succeeded to and expanded on his Arcanorum naturae sylvula (1555). With occasional contemporary and later manuscript notes and an 18th-century(?) library stamp on the title-page (partly erased), not affecting the printed image. With 1 leaf nearly detached, a water stain in the last 5 quires, and occasional (mostly marginal) slight browning or minor stains, but still generally in good condition. With the sewing supports broken at the front hinge and minor damage to the headbands, but binding otherwise good.
For the voyage: "Voyage of H.M.S. ‘Calypso,’ Captain Worth, to the Pacific", in: The nautical magazine, 1852, pp. 401-412, 486-495, 634-640 & 1853, pp. 361-367, 420-430. Album of watercolour drawings made aboard the sloop HMS Calypso during a voyage through the Pacific from 1847 to 1849. The drawings show Acajutla (El Salvador), Realejo (Nicaragua), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Tahiti and Vava’u (Tonga) and depict landscapes, architectural details, the interiors of buildings (a particular favourite of the artist) and (of varying quality) the inhabitants of several of the cities and islands. The order of the drawings in the album appears to be random, with drawings made on the same location being apart from one another and also not reflecting the order in which the ship visited these locations. One drawing was forcibly removed at a certain point and only a stub showing part of a church remains. Three drawings from a different album, but almost certainly drawn on the same voyage, are loosely inserted.Although the artist is unknown, the album’s paste-down is inscribed "William E. Shaw from P.K. Larke. Berners Street Oxford Street London". Whether P.K. Larke was the artist, the giver of the (empty) album, or the stationer where the album was bought, is unknown. William Edward Shaw (ca. 1820-post 1869) was the naval instructor aboard the Calypso and as such responsible for the education of the midshipmen. Perhaps Larke was one of his pupils. Reference is made in the album to several other officers aboard Calypso. A drawing of a "Girl at Acajutla" is noted as "from J.J.L. Donnet". James Donnet (1816-1905) was the ship’s surgeon. The watercolour is identical in style to the other drawings and the version in the album is therefore probably not drawn by Donnet himself. A watercolour of Puntarenas mentions the death and burial of Calypso’s acting assistant-surgeon Daniel McBride, who was "shot by accident" in 1847. Binding worn along the extremities. One of the loose drawings is worn at the edges and shows a large water stain, but the drawings in the album are in perfect condition.
Koeman, Tir 4; V.d. Krogt, Advertenties 1273; Phillips & LeGear 4282. Coloured copy of a lovely world atlas by Isaak Tirion: "his maps excel in style and exactness . [with] a homogeneous character" (Koeman III, p. 126). As noted on the title-page, the maps are largely based on the work of Guillaume De l’Isle in Paris, the greatest cartographer of the early 18th-century. Included are 13 maps of Asia and the Middle East, 5 of Africa, and 15 of America.Noteworthy maps include the general map of Asia and the Middle East, which also includes the most northern part of Australia ("Nieuw Holland"), the very detailed map of Arabia, that of mainland southeast Asia soon followed by separate maps of its most southern parts and the archipelago. The maps of America are unusually detailed, including separate double-page maps of "California" (the Baha peninsula, here securely attached to the mainland), the area around the future Panama Canal, Salvador and the Baia de Todos os Santos in Brazil, Cayenne and its fortress on the coast of modern French Guiana, the coast of Surinam, Martinique, New Orleans and the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Saint Lawrence River around Quebec, and many maps of larger areas.With the owner’s inscription of the Dutch lieutenant Ernestus Engelbertus Pröbsting (d. 1825). With restored tears in two of the folding maps, some small tears to the folds (mostly restored) and some occasional thumbing, but internally otherwise in very good condition. Binding worn. Tirion’s Hand-atlas, coloured by hand and printed on heavy paper with broad margins.
VELDE, Charles William Meredith van de.
Bastin & Brommer 360; Landwehr, Coloured Plates 459; Tiele, Bibl. 1136. Very beautiful and luxuriously illustrated work on Indonesia, published by Frans Buffa en Zonen, at that time the most famous lithographic workshop in Amsterdam. All 50 plates were carefully lithographed by Paulus Lauters (1806-1876), who also had worked for Goubau’s lithographic printing office in Brussels. In 1836, when the Royal School for Engraving was founded by Antoine Dewasme at Brussels, Lauters was appointed professor of drawing. The present work was published in 12 instalments, each with 4 of 5 plates, together with the accompanying text. The book contains 22 views and plates of Java, including a beautiful plate of Lebak, just before Multatuli was appointed Assistant-Resident there!, one view of the islands east of Java (Ampanan), 2 views of Timor, 10 views and plates of the Moluccas, 7 views of Celebes, 3 of Borneo, 2 of the Bintang-islands, and 3 views of Padang on Sumatra. The work is dedicated to His Royal Highness Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands (pp. 3-4).Only some slight foxing. Fine copy with ample margins.
SCHLOSSER, Johan Albert.
Nissen, ZBI 433-436 & 3689; cf. Smit, Hendrik Engels alphabetical list of Dutch zoological cabinets and menageries 1355. First editions of five letters elaborately describing five exotic animals. They were clearly intended to be published together as the half-titles are numbered and the layout is the same for each letter. With 8 striking engraved folding plates, including 7 beautifully coloured by hand. The first letter is written by the Dutch physician and naturalist Johan Albert Schlosser, the other four are by Petrus Boddaert, describing animals from the collection of Schlosser. After Schlosser’s death in 1769 his large zoological cabinet apparently came into the hands of Boddaert. All letters are bilingual, with text in Dutch and Latin on facing pages.Ad 1: Scientific description of an Ambonese lizard.Ad 2: Description of the Chaetodon agro, a tropical fish in the family of the angelfish or butterfly fish.Ad 3: Description of the Testudine cartilaginea, or the Asiatic softshell turtle.Ad 4: Description of the Rana bicolore, a frog found in the Amazon basin.Ad 5: Description of the Chaetodon diacantho, a tropical fish in the family of the angelfish or butterfly fish.Foot of the spine slightly chipped, but otherwise in very good condition, printed on heavy paper and only slightly trimmed, leaving generous margins.
ANSLIJN, Nicolaas Nicolasz.
BMC NH, p. 51; BMN II, p. 209; Ekama, p. 340; Landwehr, Colour plates 6; Nissen, BBI 39; Wellcome II, p. 48. Rare work on Dutch medicinal plants, and one of the first scientific works illustrated with lithographs in the Netherlands, printed in an edition of only 125 copies. The plates, coloured for the publisher, show flowers (including roses and orchids), fruits, berries, nuts, cactuses and trees. Among the plants are tobacco, cacao, cannabis, sugar cane, pepper, eucalyptus and vanilla. The book was originally issued in 54 parts from 1829 to 1838, with part 1 containing 5 plates printed by Van Sander and Co. and published by J. C. Sepp en Zoon. Anslijn was apparently not satisfied with their work, so the publication was transferred to Du Mortier en Zoon, apparently in 1830, and the printing of the plates to Met and Meylink, who lithographed and printed plates 1-5 anew. When Anslijn set up his own press to print the plates beginning with plate 121, he began to experiment with the technique, often exchanging the hard outline for a softer stipple. Du Mortier and son published the completed book in 4 volumes with title-pages dated 1832, 1834, 1836 and 1838, each with a list of the plates in the preliminaries.A few plates slightly soiled around the extremities, but otherwise a very good unbound set, wholly untrimmed.
WEITZEL, August Wilhelm Philip.
J.G. Taylor, The social world of Batavia, p. 234; Tiele, Bibl. 1203. First and only edition of a contemporary description of Batavia (Jakarta), then the capital of the Dutch East Indies, by the Dutch general and minister of warfare August Wilhelm Philip Weitzel (1816-1896), who visited the city in 1858. It opens with a groundplan of the city and its surroundings, a dedication and a table of contents. The text is divided into four parts, each subdivided into several chapters. The first part contains a general description of the city, its topography, transportation and customs, architecture, neighbourhoods, sights, etc. The second part contains a history of the way of life in Jakarta, often referring to other texts. It describes the first colonists, the conduct and misconduct of the VOC (Dutch East Indian Company) and the various peoples living in the city with their costumes, religion, occupation, etc. In the third part Weitzel describes contemporary life in the city and the fourth part deals with the scientific institutions in Batavia.A few stains and smudges, but overall in very good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities, corners worn, spine damaged at head and foot.
Anet (3 copies); BMC NH, p. 437. Rare first edition of an extensive herbal compiled by the Belgian landowner Lievin-Amand Delathauwer. As he states in the preface, Delathauwer wished to create a herbal in the Dutch language, as an addition to the many French works. It opens with a preface and introduction, followed by a general chapter covering all the different components of a plant. Next is a section on gardening and classification of plants and herbs. The majority of the work consists of descriptions of herbs, arranged alphabetically, mentioning the plant’s habitat, characteristics and special properties if there are any. Each volume closes with an index for that volume. The fourth volume also contains a chapter on plant cultivation, plant diseases and pesticides. With a collector’s label on title-page. Only very slightly browned with a few minor spots, overall in very good condition.
LE GENDRE, Antoine].
Arnold Arboretum, pp. 181-182; VD18 12221724; cf. Arnauld Serander, "L’uvre de l’abbé Legendre" in: Hénouville Contact (1999). Third edition of the German translation of a detailed and well-known work on the cultivation of fruit trees by Antoine le Gendre (1590-1665), chaplain of King Louis XIII and supervisor of His Majesty’s orchards, with emphasis on grafting, listing different types of fruit trees such as peaches, plumes, apples and pears, and also giving the French equivalent names. The second part contains advice on the planning of a herb and flower garden with an additional chapter on espaliers. It was originally published in French in 1652 as La manière de cultiver les arbres fruitiers. An English edition appeared in 1660 by Jean de la Quintinie, who suggested Le Gendre was a pseudonym of Robert Arnauld d’Andilly, a still widespread but erroneous assumption. With the bookplate of the Dutch nurseryman A.P.M. de Kluijs (1905-1973). Internally in very good condition, with only a couple leaves with some minor smudges. Binding recased a little too tight, the pressure resulted in a small gap between the title-page and the rest of the bookblock, and the boards slightly rubbed.
GUALDO PRIORATO, Galeazzo.
ICCU 001020; P.H. Meurer, "Das niederländischen Städtebuch des Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato" in: Quaerendo XII, pp. 199-220; cf. Sloos, Warfare 15046 (German ed.); not in Jordan. Italian edition, Thurnmayer issue (one of two simultaneous issues), of a fortification atlas of the Low Countries, published in the same year in German as Schau-platz desz Niederlandes. The 120 plans are well engraved and show the fortifications of all important cities and towns. The majority are copies after Blaeu and Beaulieu. They are preceded by a geographical and historical description. It was written by Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato (1606-1678), a notable Italian military officer, tactician, diplomatist and military draughtsman. He fought against the Spanish under the command of Prince Maurits of Nassau. As the author is Italian it can be presumed that this edition preceded the German.Wormholes in the first five leaves and the last three maps, dampstain to the first 10 leaves, restorations to the back of the frontispiece, the folding map partly restored, but still with a tear along a fold, but with most of the plans still in very good condition. Wormholes in the spine, one hinge partly cracked, top of the spine damaged and the binding heavily rubbed in general.
WIMPFELING, Jakob (Jacobus WIMPHELINGIUS).
J. Benzing & J. Müller, Bibliographie strasbourgeoise II, 18, no. 55; J. Knepper, Jakob Wimpfeling, pp. xiii, 187-195; Ritter, Livres du XVIe s. . Strasbourg 2481 ; VD16, W3330. First and only edition of a poem in Latin verse by the Alsatian humanist theologian Jacob Wimpfeling (1450-1528), addressed to Pope Julius II, defending himself against accusations made by the Augustines. He had claimed (in 1504?) that Saint Augustine was not actually a monk and that one could lead a good Christian life without joining an order. This was not taken well and the Pope called him to Rome. The Pope remained unconvinced by Wimpfeling’s present defence but did excuse him from the arduous journey to Rome due to his poverty and poor health. His opponents apparently thought him not so dangerous and finally left him in peace. He later returned to controversy: after Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther in 1521 Wimpfeling tried to convince him to lift the excommunication, though he finally deferred to the Church.With the colouring of the initial offset onto the facing (blank) page, and with a manuscript note in a similarly coloured ink. In very good condition and with large margins. A window into strife in the Catholic Church a decade before the Reformation.
VAUBAN, Sébastien le Prestre de [and Guillaume de Lafon de Boisguérin, seigneur DESHOULIERES].
Dejean, Literary fortifications, pp. 34-36; Jähns, pp. 1419-1420, 1426-1429; Sloos, Warfare 03045; STCN (vol. 1: 4 copies; vol. 2: 5 copies); cf. Guerlac, "Vauban" in: Paret (ed.), Makers of modern strategy, pp. 64-90. First edition of Vauban’s treatises on siegecraft and military mining. Of all the 17th- and 18th-century books "on military technology, no works had greater influence or enjoyed greater prestige than those of Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban, the great military engineer of the reign of Louis XIV" (Guerlac). Although a highly practical man and not a theoretician, Vauban had written down the secrets of his success in the building and capturing of fortresses between 1669 and 1704. Vauban’s strategic superiority could only remain if this information was kept secret, so his texts circulated only within a very select circle. After Vauban’s death they were leaked. In the dedication and introduction the Dutch publisher describes how he managed to obtain a copy, which was so expensive, partly due to the many illustrations, that only princes, ambassadors "et autres seigneurs" could afford it. "By the time the treatises became available, Vauban’s early readers must have been ready to believe that the text finally being made public did in fact contain incredible military secrets and have the power to make nations invincible. No other treatise of siegecraft had been surrounded by such secrecy" (DeJean). The first volume published in 1737 did not contain all the master’s secrets. It contained Vauban’s treatise on the attack of fortified places, but the added part on defence was actually written by a colleague, seigneur Deshoulières (1621-1693). A second volume, published in 1742, contained Vauban’s treatise on military mining (first published in 1740) and a general treatise on war written by another "eminent officer".With library stamps. Binding worn and front hinge cracked. Water stained throughout with some spots and a few small tears; otherwise still a good copy.
Berlin Kat. 3527; Jordan 1469 (6 copies); Sloos, Warfare 8026; STCN (6 copies). First French edition (with the engraved title-page new for this edition) of an instruction manual for designing fortifications, with an emphasis on drawing their plans, profiles, perspective views, etc., first published in Latin (also by the Elzeviers) in 1643 using the same illustration plates. Most of the illustrations show fortification plans, profiles, elevations, etc., including many details, but they also include plain and solid geometrical diagrams, drafting instruments, bridges and military buildings. Many of the plans include a scale. The book, dedicated to the Dutch Stadtholder and Prince of Orange Frederick Hendrick, shows the Leiden Elzeviers at their high point, with stunning woodcut decorations and initials, and good presswork. Nicolaus Goldman (1611-1665) was born in Breslau but studied in Leiden and settled there permanently, teaching military engineering.With the late 19th-century bookplate of Château de Rosny-sur-Seine, near Paris. Part of the Rosny library was sold in 1837, but the present book was not. With small worm holes in 5 leaves, some occasional minor foxing or a minor marginal tear or stain, but otherwise in very good condition. The binding has been rebacked and patched, probably at an early date. An instruction manual for drawing fortification plans and perspective views, and a nice example of the Elzeviers’ book production.
BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT - HEBREW].
aleph.nli.org.il 001366023 (4 copies); Darlow & Moule 5114; Fuks 25 (2 copies); Steinschneider 386; WorldCat (8 or 9 copies). A pocket-sized edition of the Hebrew Old Testament in four volumes, volume 1 containing the Pentateuch or Torah, volume 2 the early prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings), volume 3 the later major (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel) and minor prophets, and volume 4 the Psalms, Job, Song of songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra and Chronicles. It was produced by Franciscus II Raphelengius, grandson of Christoffel Plantin and son of one of Europe’s first great Hebrew scholars, Plantin’s son-in-law Franciscus I Raphelengius (1539-1597), who helped prepare Plantin’s magnificent 1572 Polyglot Bible, succeeded to the Leiden branch of Plantin’s printing office and became professor of Hebrew at Leiden University. Plantin himself had produced the Dutch Republic’s first Hebrew book there in 1585 and Raphelengius produced many more beginning in 1588.With occasional very minor foxing or faint discolouration but otherwise in very good condition. The spine and joints are worn, with superficial cracks, a repair at the head and a small tear at the foot, and the sewing is slightly loose. A charming little Hebrew Bible from the first Dutch printing office to produce Hebrew books.
TÖRRING-JETTENBACH, Joseph Ignaz Felix and Edmund EGG.
Jähns, pp. 1396-1397; Jordan 3790. First and only edition, in the original Latin, of the dissertation on military architecture by the German mathematics and philosophy student Joseph Ignaz Felix Törring-Jettenbach (1682-1763), under supervision of the professor of mathematics Edmund Egg (1665-1717). It first explains the different terms (in both Latin and German) and different methods of fortifications. The main part of the text is devoted to explaining and solving different "problems" and "cases", which are clarified in the engraved plates. "Eine ungewöhnlich umfangreiche und überraschend reich, auch mit Plänen ausgestattete Dissertation der Salzburger Universität" (Jähns).Fronstispiece heavily damaged, upper and lower outer corner worn off, as well as a smaller piece of the upper left corner. Nevertheless, the main illustration is still intact. First couple leaves frayed at the outer corners and slightly browned. Otherwise in good condition, with some occasional small spots.
MARSHALL, Thomas Ansell.
Nissen, ZBI 114 no. 4. Rare set of all tree volumes of Marshall’s monograph on Braconidae, a family of parasitoid wasps, published as volumes 4, 5 and 5 bis of André’s principal work Species des Hyménoptères d’Europe et d’Algérie, published with the aid of André’s brother and other hymenopterists. It covers species from Europe and adjacent countries.Thomas Ansell Marshall (1827-1903), his name is misspelled on the title-page as Marshal, was a British entomologist specialized in hymenoptera, who had published his Monograph of the British Braconidae in 1885. Title-page of the first volume slightly browned and the half title- of the third with a tiny restored tear, but otherwise in very good condition.
Ginanni, Memorie-storico critiche, 1, p. 188; ICCU (5 copies); KVK (same 5 copies); Streit V, 141, 389. Rare first and only edition, in the original Italian, of the account of the Theatine monk and apostolic missionary Francesco Manco’s voyage to India and his missionary work there, prepared for the press posthumously by Girolamo Fabri (1627 -1679) in Rome. Manco (d. 1646), born in Lecco, Italy, travelled in 1639/40 via Basra and Bandar Abbas to Goa in India with Pietro Avitable (ca. 1590 – 1650) and other Theatines. One of the first missionaries to reach central India, he established missions at Golkonda (near Haiderabad), and on the east coast at Machilpatnam and Bhimilipatnum (Bheemunipatnum), near Visakhapatnam, building the first Christian churches in Golkonda and Machilpatnam. He worked among the Hindu, Islamic and Protestant groups there, both native and Western, converting many Hindus. The book gives a detailed description of the mercantile city Haiderabad and describes the Brahmin customs and beliefs. With the library stamp on the back of the title-page defaced, leaving 2 small holes in the title-page but not affecting the printed text, and occasional very minor foxing, but generally in very good condition. The cover has partly come loose from the bookblock at the front hinge and there are a couple small holes in the spine, but the binding is otherwise good. An important source for central India in the 1640s and especially for the Theatine missions.
BMC NH, p. 1212; Essig, A history of entomology, pp. 707-708; Nissen, ZBI 2641; WorldCat (5 copies); for McLachlan: T. James, "McLachlan, Robert" in: ODNB (online ed). Very rare work on Trichoptera, commonly known as caddisflies. The present publication is considered the greatest work of the British entomologist Robert McLachlan (1837-1904), the first editor of the Entomologist’s monthly magazine and the leading English neuropterist. In the introduction he modestly emphasizes that it is not an actual monograph (hence the title), because "it would hardly be correct to call such a work ‘a monograph’, with the knowledge that nearly each week makes me acquainted with new forms received from correspondents, and with the certainty that at present we are probably acquainted with scarcely one-half of the species inhabiting the geographical limits of Europe". The work, originally published in 9 instalments, describes 474 species and the 59 plates contain ca. 2000 figures. An additional supplement was published in 1884, which is not included. Some spots to the title-page and last leaves, but otherwise in very good condition. Spine worn and hinges cracked.
LATREILLE, Pierre André.
DSB VIII, pp. 48-49; Dupuis, "Pierre Andre Latreille (1762-1833)" in: Annual review of entomology XIX, 1 (1974), pp. 1-13; Horn & Schenkling 12839. Rare first and only edition of a classification of the genera of the insects, which also included arachnids and crustaceans, by "one of the foremost entomologists of the day" (DSB). A former priest, Latreille (1762-1833) was employed by the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in 1798 to aid Lamarck in organizing its collection. Unlike Linnaeus and Fabricius, who had constructed artificial systems for classifying the insects, Latreille’s goal "was to arrange the genera of insects in their ‘natural order’ by taking numerous characters into consideration" (DSB). In his major work, Genera crustaceorum et insectorum (1806-1809) he "presented a balanced approach dealing with behavioural and taxonomic problems alike" (DSB). This publication was more or less summarized in the Considérations générales, in which Latreille introduced the concept of "type species".With the bookplates of J. d’Aguilar and D. de Romand and several contemporary annotations a few of which are very lightly shaved. Spine slightly damaged; title-page and half-title restored; a very good copy.