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Collegie der medecynen opgericht door Syne Keyserlijcke ende Coninghlijcke Majesteyt voor de stadt ende landen van Dendermonde.Brussel, Georgius Fricx, 1754. 4to. With an allegorical engraving on title-page showing the coat of arms of Dendermonde held by four putti and the woodcut coat of arms of Maria Theresia of Austria above the opening of the text. 19th-century boards, covered with paste paper.

DENDERMONDE]. Oudheidskundige Kring der Stad en des Voormaligen Lands van Dendermonde, gedenkschriften . (1900), pp. 249-270; Vandewiele, Geschiedenis van de farmacie in België, p. 176; WorldCat (1 copy); not in Anet; STCV. Extremely rare first and only edition of a proclamation of the new College of Medicine of Dendermonde. In 1749 the magistrate of the city of Dendermonde reinstalled the College of Medicine and had new regulations drafted. Empress Maria Theresia refused to accept them, aiming to diminish the local authorities, and instead ordered the medical college of Ghent to advise in the foundation of a new College of Medicine in Dendermonde. When the new college was installed, the present proclamation explained the new rules and regulation for any medical professional within the governance of Dendermonde. It is mostly based on the Ghent example from 1663 and partly on the Brussels pharmacopoeia, but has some departures that make it unique.The sewing has come lose, resulting in partly detached quires and one detached leaf, and some minor thumbing to the first two leaves, otherwise internally in good condition. Board worn.
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Portrait of Anthonie van Straalen].[Amsterdam, before 1784]. Pen, black ink and gray wash on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 cm.With:(2) VINKELES, Reinier and Cornelis BOGERTS (engravers) after Jacobus BUYS. A.V. Straalen, Burgm: van Antwerpen.[Amsterdam, 1784]. Engraving, 11.5 x 7.5 cm (image 8.5 x 5.5 cm).(3) BUYS, Jacobus. [Portrait of Adriaan Valckenier].[Amsterdam, before 1788]. Pen, black ink and gray wash on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 cm.

BUYS, Jacobus]. Ads 1 & 2: Muller, Portretten 5164a (engraving); ad 3: Muller, Portretten 5546b (this drawing) & 5564a (engraving). Set of two portraits drawn by Jacobus Buys for engravings by Reinier Vinkeles and Cornelis Bogerts that illustrated the Geschiedenissen der Vereenigde Nederlanden (1783-1795).Ads 1 & 2: Buys's drawn portrait of Anthonie van Straalen (1521-1568) together with an engraved reproduction. Van Straalen was mayor of Antwerp in the early days of the Dutch revolt. Working together with the Prince of Orange, he aimed to keep the peace between Catholics and Protestants. The first prominent person arrested on the orders of the Duke of Alba, shortly before the Counts of Egmont and of Horn, he was tortured and subsequently beheaded. His execution is depicted at the foot of the drawing.Ad 3: Buys's drawn portrait of Adriaan Valckenier (1695-1751), Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies during the 1740 "Batavian massacre": the genocide of the Chinese residents of Batavia. Held to be responsible for this massacre by the directors of the VOC, Valckenier was imprisoned at the fortress of Batavia until his death.Jacobus Buys (1724-1801) was a Dutch painter working in Amsterdam. As one of the most eminent and productive book illustrators of his time, he produced numerous drawings for over one hundred titles.In good condition.
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Histoire de la vie de Tiel Wlespiegle, contenant ses faits & finesses, ses aventures, & les grandes fortunes qu’il a euës, ne s’étant jamais laissé tromper par aucune personne. Nouvelle traduction de l’Alemand en François; où l’on a ajoûté à cette edition, plusieurs pieces qui n’ont point encore paru en François jusques à present.Amsterdam, Nicolas Chevalier, 1702. 12mo. With engraved title-page showing an owl looking at itself in a mirror with Ulenspiegel wearing a fool’s cap watching. Black morocco by Hippolyte Duru, with his stamp (“DURU 1849”) on flyleaf, blind-tooled fillets on spine and boards, richly gold-tooled turns ins, gilt edges.

ULENSPIEGEL]. Brunet V, col. 1005; STCN (3 copies); Koopmans & Verhuyck 38 (7 copies, incl. 2 in STCN); WorldCat (6 copies, incl. 4 in STCN and Koopmans & Verhuyck); for Duru: Fléty, p. 65. Rare French edition of the legendary farcical tales of the Dutch/German Ulenspiegel, elevated to folk hero in the well-known 19th-century retelling by Charles De Coster, who portrays Ulenspiegel as having major influence in the Dutch revolt against Spain, while continuously eating, drinking and playing pranks. It is mostly these last three elements that make up the plot of the stories from the original tradition, but of course they also reveal the vices of the lower and middle classes. The stories soon appeared on the Catholic list of prohibited books.The present edition was published at Amsterdam by the historian, coin collector, bookseller and occasional publisher, Nicolas Chevalier. After a preface discussing the new translation from the German, the book contains 46 stories followed by an epitaph in verse and Ulenspiegel's last will, also in verse in eleven stanzas. The binding is by Hippolyte Duru (1803-1884), one of the leading binders in Paris. Already at the beginning of his career, at the 1844 Paris exposition, Duru was noted as one of the "plus remarquable et de plus parfait" binders in the revival of historical styles (Devauchelle, Le reliure en France II, p. 199).Some very minor wear to the spine, but otherwise in fine condition.
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Les ordonnances[,] statutes, & edictz, que lEmpereur Charles cinquies. de ce nom, tousjours auguste, a faict publier en la ville de Bruxelles, en la presence de sa tres haulte Majeste, & de la tres excellente Royne, Gouvernante & Regente du Pays Bas, & en la presence des Seigneurs de lOrdre & du Toyson dOr, avec le Chancelier, Presidentz, & Gouverneurs du Conseil de sa M. & les Seigneurs des finances, & aussy generalement les Estatz de tous ses Pays Bas. Le .iiii. jour dOctobre. l[‘]an .M.D.&.xl.Brussels, Marck Martens; Antwerp, “en l[’]escu dArtoys, sur le Pont de Chambre” [= the printing office of Jacob van Liesvelt], [privilege dated from Brussels, 7 October 1540]. 4to (20.5 x 15 cm). Title-page with an elaborate large woodcut showing the Imperial coat-of-arms (two-headed eagle), helmed, mantled, crowned and with the order of the Golden Fleece, supported by two angels sitting on scrolls and holding a winged angel head. Two contemporary free endleaves at the end contain 3 pp. of manu

CHARLES V, Emperor]. French vernacular books 12615 (4 [recté 3] copies) & 12616 (4 copies) mixing N-K 3645 & 3646; Nijhoff-Kronenberg 3646 part 1 (present copy only); Machiels K94; USTC 80737 (4 [recté 3] copies) & 13023 (4 copies) mixing N-K 3645 & 3646; cf. BMC STC Dutch, p. 140 = French, p. 478 (apparently a sloppy reprint); not in Adams. Very rare first edition of the ordinances, statutes and edicts issued by Charles V at Brussels on 4 October 1540, partly new, partly confirming a number of earlier ordinances, etc. on trade customs, contracts and monopolies, money and currency, merchants from abroad, the relation between canon and civil law, notaries, marriages, and "pour extirper les erreurs et heresies", giving an interesting view of daily life, especially in Flanders in the years around 1540. Marck Martens in Brussels was a publisher and bookseller, not a printer, and the Antwerp address is that of the printer Jacob van Liesvelt (their roles are more explicitly noted in other joint publications).Nijhoff-Kronenberg describes two different works under its item 3646 (1 copy of ordinances of 22 September 1540, collating a4 b2, and 1 copy of ordinances of 4 October 1540, collating A-B4 C2, in the collection of Eric von Rath, said to be the present copy), because they are found together in two other editions (items 1653 = USTC 55902 and 3645). It notes, however, that they were probably issued separately (the two have not been found bound together) and concludes (probably correctly) that iteThe present copy shows mostly the variants noted for 3646. The USTC sensibly omits a-b in its description of 3646, which means it should have omitted the copy at The Hague, which contains only a-b. Unfortunately the USTC transcribes the title of 3645 citing 3646 and vice versa, and as a result USTC 13023 and 80737 each apparently includes some copies of each.Martens and Van Liesvelt also published Dutch editions as Ordinantien, statuyten ende edict, also beginning in 1540. Vervliet first records his vine-leaf ornament 137 in 1541 by Matthias Crom in Antwerp, but Van Liesvelt used it not only in the present edition, but also in Een nyen evaluacie boecxken, text dated 1 July 1539 and likely published in that year. Although the book contains no direct indication of its provenance, it is said to be the copy owned by the librarian, university professor and incunabulist Erich von Rath (1881-1948) in Bonn, cited by Nijhoff-Kronenberg. As noted above, it has 3 pages in manuscript on the contemporary free endleaves giving ordinances, etc. from Mary of Hungary, Governor of the Habsburg Low Countries, in 1549. The book itself also has several contemporary manuscript notes in the margins, at least one referring to 3 November 1540. With minor and mostly marginal stains, but still in good condition and with generous margins, occasionally preserving part of a deckle at the fore-edge and a tranchefile at the foot. The modern binding, including the leaves from the 1498 Bible used to cover its boards, is in very good condition. A very rare first edition of Charles V's ordinances, giving a picture of life in Flanders ca. 1540.
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Pharmacopoeia manualis, a concilio medico praefecturae Utriusque Nethae edita.Antwerpen, Antonius Grangé, 1812. 8vo. 19th Century green half sheepskin, marbled sides.

PHARMACOPOEIA - DEUX NÈTHES]. VAN DEN ZANDE, J.-B.-J., et al. Daems & Vandewiele, p. 63; Vandewiele, "De farmacie onder koning Willem I", in: Kring voor de geschiedenis van de pharmacie in Benelux, no. 56 (1978), pp. 35-51; Vandewiele, Geschiedenis van de farmacie in België, p. 306; Wellcome IV, p. 357. First and only edition of the pharmacopoeia for the department of Deux-Nèthes in the First French Republic, which contained the present-day Belgian province of Antwerp and parts of the Dutch province of North Brabant. Intended to be a revision of the Antwerp pharmacopoeia of 1660(!) it was heavily inspired by the Pharmacopoea Batava, published in Amsterdam in 1805. Jean-Bernard-Joseph van den Zande (1778-1833), doctor and professor of physics and chemistry, headed the committee with L.H.J. Francken carrying out experiments and F.M. Verbert editing the book itself Like the Pharmacopoea Batava, the Pharmacopoeia manualis Utriusque Nethae shows the ever increasing importance of chemical medicine over natural substances. Its official use proved to be short-lived as the department was incorporated in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1814, which prescribed the Pharmacopoea Batava and from 1823 onward the Pharmacopoea Belgica.Binding worn at the extremities, front hinge with two cracks. Somewhat foxed throughout; a good copy.
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Noodighe op-rechtinghe van ‘t collegie de medecyne, opentlyck bewesen aen d’inwoonders der stadt van Brussel, met ‘t verhael van alle swarigheden daer-overgeresen, ende weder legginge van d’op-sprake, daer-tegen onglanghs voor ghewendt.Brussels, Guilliam Scheybels, 1660. 4to. With an emblematic woodcut on the last page.

SOPHIE, Jacques]. Krivatsy 2592; STCV (1 copy); WorldCat (2 copies); Cf. Vandewiele, Geschiedenis van de farmacie in België, pp. 152-155. Very rare first and only edition of a large collection of stories that exemplify the sometimes fierce rivalries between doctors and apothecaries. It here forms part of an ongoing quarrel between the magistrates of the city of Brussels, represented by the new Collegium Medicum, and the city's apothecaries. In 1641 the city established the Collegium Medicum and published the Pharmacopoeia Bruxellensis in an attempt to regulate the apothecaries. This roused their dissatisfaction because they justifiably claimed they were underrepresented in the Collegium: in fact unrepresented, for all members were doctors. Apothecaries were often also grocers, and in 1659 they threatened to stop paying taxes on beer if the Collegium Medicum was not abolished. This threat succeeded for a few months, but the Collegium was soon re-established. The doctors had momentum and with the present publication they tried to silence the apothecaries' complaints for good. The quarrel continued nonetheless, until they came to an agreement in 1664.Binding lightly worn; a very good copy.
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Instructie gemaect byden Staeten van Brabant, achtervolgende der welcker men tellen sal allen de heerden van allen schouwen, ovens, asten, fournaisen, met den ploegen binnen den voirs. lande van Brabant bevonden, ende innen ende collecteren de imposicie vanden selven schouwen, ovens, asten, furnaysen ende ploegen, achtervolgende den consente by den Staeten van den voirs. lande van Brabant gedaen, blijckende byder acten daer af zijnde.Antwerp, Jan Mollijns, [1553]. Small 4to (18.5 x 13.5 cm). With the woodcut arms of the Emperor Charles V on title-page. Disbound.

BRABANT - TAXES]. Belg. Typogr. 2399; NCC (3 copies); Netherlandish books, 5652 (5 copies; cf. 5653 & 5654); not in Knuttel. Rare first and only edition in Dutch (two editions in French were published simultaenously) of a regulation by the States of Brabant, stating the taxation of all chimneys, ovens, hearthstones ("asten"), furnaces and forges. The taxation was 20 stuivers in the cities and 15 stuivers in the country, where even smoke holes were taxed. The fine of 3 guilders was imposed for a hidden chimney. Only the mendicant orders were exempted.The taxation formed part of a larger group of special taxations in the territory of Brabant, which included the important cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven and 's-Hertogenbosch, to raise a sum of 600,000 guilders to fund the war against France. A similar taxation in the territory of Holland, which only had to raise 400,000 guilders, led to numerous problems with cities having to pay for the poorer inhabitants and the Prince of Orange and the Count of Horn even refusing to pay (cf. Wagenaar V, pp. 371-377). The heavy taxation during these years led to a growing unrest and political resistance of the Low Countries against the Spanish rule, which finally culminated in the Eighty Years War (1568-1648). With a few small spots and a small corner torn from the fifth leaf, otherwise in very good condition.
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Receptboek volgens de Pharmacopoea Belgica. Een zakboekje tot dagelijksch gebruik voor geneesheeren en heelmeesteren.Rotterdam, widow of Johannes Allart, “1829” (preface: 1830). 8vo. Later half calf.

PLAGGE, Martin Wilhelm. NCC (4 copies); De Recensent, 1831, pp. 59-61, 213-216; not in BMN; Wellcome; for the author: Biographisches Lexicon für Ostfriesland III, Aurich 2001, pp. 343-345. First and only edition of a book of rules for the preparation of medicines (part 1) and medicinal recipes (part 2) intended for young professional physicians and surgeons. It is largely based on the 1823 Latin Phamacopoea Belgica, but rendered more simply and in Dutch for those who are not fully trained and experienced. The part with recipes gives many practical examples and explains which medicines should be prescribed for which ailments. De Recensent (1831) notes that there had been no good handbook for the rules of pharmacology in the Dutch language, making that part especially welcome, but notes that the recipes contain a number of significant errors that might have serious consequences for patients. The Receptenboek is a follow up to a more theoretical work that Plagge had published as De pharmacopoea Belgica: theoretisch en praktisch verklaard (1827), also published by Allart in RotterdamA few Dutch annotations in ink throughout, including a handwritten index on the last page and end papers. With the foot margin trimmed close to the text (as in all copies that we have seen) but with no loss.
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La Chine, moeurs, usages, costumes, arts et métiers, peines civiles et militaires, cérémonies religieuses, monuments et paysages, d’après les dessins originaux du père Castiglione, du peintre chinois Pu-Qua, du W. Alexandre, Chambers, Dadley, etc.Paris, De Malpiere, Goujon & Formentin, and Firmin Didot, 1825-1827. 2 volumes. Large 4to (34 x 25.5 cm). With 180 lithographed plates in publisher’s hand-colouring (including a frontispiece to each volume and 1 plan of Beijing), 4 engraved plates (the first with hand-coloured illustration and the other three with musical notation). Lacking 1 plate and its accompanying letterpress description (“Porte-enseigne du corps des archers”), facsimile included. Contemporary half tanned goatskin, gold-tooled spine.

MALPIERE, D. Bazin de. Brunet III, pp. 1346-1347; Colas 1957; Cordier, Sinica, col. 69; Lipperheide 1531; Löwendahl 845; Lust 60. First edition of "a huge collection of attractively lithographed copies of scenes from Chinese life of the mid-Ch'ing period" (Lust). The illustrations show scenes of everyday life, ships, views, interiors, (military) costumes and much more, each with one leaf of descriptive text. The plates were issued from 1825 to 1827 in 30 instalments, each consisting of 6 hand-coloured plates, and are seldom found complete. This copy lacks only one plate and description. All the illustrations are lithographed copies of earlier prints, including Alexander's Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Chinese (1814), Chamber's Designs of Chinese buildings. (1757), Mason's The costume of China (1800) and The punishments of China (1804), the works of Castiglione, and others. A description of Beijing is included in the second volume illustrated with a plan. With the bookplate of Louis Becker, Paris. Binding rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise good. Lacking one plate and text leaf, as noted, foxing throughout, and some occasional browning; a good copy.
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Epistolae familiares. Including: ZACCHIA, Laudivius. in epistolas Turci magni traductio. (Colophon: Strasbourg, Johann Schott for Georg Übelin, 8 August 1510). 4to. 19th-century half calf, tiger marbled sides, tiger marbled paste-downs (rebacked, with original backstrip laid down).

SYMMACHUS, Quintus Aurelius. Brunet V, col. 612; Graesse VI, p. 538; VD 16, S10390 (8 copies); cf. Meserve, Empires of Islam in Renaissance historical thought (2009), p. 228; not in Adams. First dated edition of Epistolae familiares containing 343 letters by the Roman statesman and orator Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (ca. 345-402), addressed to a wide circle of relations, friends, and acquaintances and all written in a refined style. Although many of them are only short notes, together they provide a fascinating window into the late Roman senatorial aristocracy. The priority of the editions is uncertain, but what is often considered the first was published in Venice between 1503 and 1513.The main text is followed by a spurious collection of letters from and to the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II (1432-1481), but actually written by the humanist Laudivius Zacchia. "The so-called Epistolae magni Turci begin with a letter from Mehmed to Zancassanus, 'King of Persia'. As in the rest of the collection, the exchange follows a set pattern: angry, menacing boasts from the sultan, followed by a reply from the threatened party, which parries the worst of the bluster and thus rhetorically disarms the Turk" (Meserve). The book, first published in 1473, was a success and reprinted numerous times well into the 17th-century, undoubtedly because many Europeans feared the advancing Ottoman Empire (the Battle of Mohács was to give the Ottomans a decisive victory in Hungary in 1526).The present edition is the first combined edition of the two works. Another edition including both works was published only two months later by another Strassburg publisher Johann Grüninger on 9 October 1510. A line for line reprint of the present edition was published in 1511.With some underscoring and a few annotations in the margins. Paper slightly browned with an occasional spot. Rebacked. Good copy.
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De konst-kamer der allerschoonste portraitten van verscheide prinsen en prinsessen, doorlugtige mannen, vermaarde schilders en andere. Geschildert door den vermaarden Antoni van Dyck . . . welken den auteur zelve heeft laten snyden, op zyn eigen kosten, door de beste meesters van zyn tydt.The Hague, Alberts and Vander Kloot, 1728. Folio. Title-page printed in red and black with an engraved vignette by Bernard Picart (dated 1722), 50 full-page etched and engraved portraits after paintings by Anthony van Dyck. With an extra added full-page bust-length portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II by Aegidius Sadeler after a painting by Hans von Aachen, dated 1603. Later 18th-century gold-tooled half tanned sheepskin.

DYCK, Anthony van. Mauquoy-Hendrickx I, pp. 45-46; V. Someren 61c; STCN (1 copy); Szwykowski, p. 17, XII; Wibiral, p. 20; WorldCat (1 copy). Extremely rare second Dutch edition of an impressive collection of engraved and etched portraits after paintings by the celebrated Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641). The 50 portraits portray distinquished contemporaries, including Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III, Charles I of England and his wife Henrietta Maria, Frederik Hendrik Prince of Orange, the Flemish painters Gerard Seghers, Lucas and Cornelis de Wael and Paul de Vos. Van Dyck's series of portraits, often cited under the title Iconography was possibly meant to increase his reputation. The portraits were executed by the most eminent Antwerp engravers and etchers of their day, including Pieter de Jode, Cornelis Galle, Wenceslaus Hollar and Lucas Vorsterman. Some light soiling, binding sound, with the sides worn, the spine slightly damaged at head and foot and the joints partly cracked. The portraits in very good condition.
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Novum dispensatorium, hoc est, pharmacorum conficiendorum ratio: quam ab ipso olim auctam, nunc à quamplurimis mendis expurgatam in lucem edimus.Venice, Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1563. 12mo. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, spine reinforced with white paper.

CORDUS, Valerius. Durling 1029; Wellcome I, 1594; cf. Schelenz, Gesch. pharmazie, pp. 414-416; for Cordus: DSB III, pp. 413-415. Early edition (the second printed by Vincenzo Valgrisi) of the first official city pharmacopoeia, first published posthumously in Nürnberg in 1546 with an appendix by Jaques Dubois (1478-1555), also known as Jacobus Sylvius. The city of Nürnberg adopted the first edition as the official standard that all city apothecaries were required to follow. The book's influence went far beyond Nürnberg, however, for numerous publishers in several countries produced dozens of editions in the original Latin and in German, Dutch and French translations. Many cities, especially in Germany and the Low Countries, either adopted it as their own standard or used it as a model to write their own pharmacopoeia. The present "Novum" edition follows Valgrisi's 1556 edition, but adds "Medicamentorum omnium compositorum, quae in hoc opere continentur, facultates" (pp. 1-65).Cordus (1515-1544), physician and botanist, studied at Marburg and Leipzig, working in his uncle's apothecary shop in the latter. He lectured at the University of Wittenberg, basing his teaching on direct examination of live specimens, which was unusual at that time. He presented his Dispensatorium to the Nürnberg city council, which rewarded him for it, but he contracted malaria collecting plants in the Italian marshes and died before the book was published.The text is preceded and followed by several leaves with manuscript text, dated 1569 (pastedown), some marginal notations in ink, occasional spots and thumbing. Binding rubbed and spine reinforced. A good copy.
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Hippocrates chimicus, qui novissimi viperini salis antiquissima fundamenta ostendit. Editio tertia, caeteris magis emendate ac indice locupleti donata.With: (2) TACHENIUS, Otto. Antiquissime Hippocraticae medicinae clavis, . Editio tertia, .Leiden, Felix Lopez De Haro and Adrianus Severinus, 1671 (engraved title-page: 1672). 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. With newly engraved pharmaceutical title-page with a portrait of Hippocrates. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with modern endpapers.

TACHENIUS, Otto. Ad 1: Krivatsy 11655; STCN (4 copies); ad 2: Krivatsy 11648; STCN (3 copies); cf. Partington, History of chemistry II, pp. 291-297; Thorndike VIII, pp. 357-360; for the author: Neue Deutsche Biographie XXV (2013), pp. 753-754. Rare third edition, with a newly engraved title-page, of Tachenius's widely used work on chemistry and medicine. Together the Hippocrates chimicus and the Antiquissime Hippocraticae medicinae clavis form the complete works on chemistry and medicine of Otto Tachenius (1610-1680), based on the classic Hippocrates. He was schooled by Franciscus Sylvius, but surpassed his vision of acids, claiming that this is the basis of all physiology. The first edition of his Hippocrates chimicus was published in Venice (1666). The work describes his theory of acid-alkali and his discovery of "viperine salts", from which he offers the reader many practical applications and recipes. In Venice his practical chemical recipes were well received by artisans such as glass-makers and soap-boilers, as were the methods for creating gold and coloured ink. The Antiquissime Hippocraticae medicinae clavis includes secret medical remedies that also can be created with the viperine salts, such as remedies against several diseases and cosmetic tricks like the whitening of teeth. Rebacked, as noted. Slightly browned, otherwise in very good condition.
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No dia dos felices anos dos ilustrissimos. e excellentimos. senhores a senhora D. Mariana Victoria de Menezes e o Senhor Ascenso de Siqueira Freire.[Lisbon?, ca. 1790?]. 4to. Manuscript. Sewing removed.

ALMEDO [= Fr. José de CORAÇÃO DE JESUS]. [Fr. José de Coração de Jesus], Poesias de Almeno publicadas por Elpino Duriense, vol. II, Lisbon, 1815, ode LX (pp. 99-101; for the author, see also vol. I, 1805). An ode (11 stanzas of 4-lines in verse, first line: "Nunca taõ festejadas entre as ondas") celebrating the birthday of a pair of twins, a man and a woman, the ode signed "Almedo", the pen-name of Fr. José de Coração de Jesus. Although the present document does not explicitly note that the man and woman were twins (though it alludes to it by referring to the twins Castor and Pollux) or even brother and sister, it was published in 1815 with a brief explanatory note: "No dia dos annos dos Senhores Ascenso de Siqueira Freire, e de D. Marianna Victorina sua irmã, nascidos em hum mesmo dia." Mariana Victoria de Menezes and Ascenso de Siqueira Freire appear to be children of Maria Claúdia Cecília de Noronha e Menezes and Vasco Martins de Siqueira, listed with three more siblings in the Convento de Santos in Lisbon in 1780, apparently all still children. That, combined with the facts that the watermark suggests a date in the 1780s or 1790s and that Mariana Victoria appears to have been married by the time the document was produced, suggests the twins were born around the 1760s. This Ascenso de Siqueira Freire may therefore be the future 1st Count of São Martinho (Lisbon 23 August 1766-1833), granted that title in 1829. Maria Victoria may be related to Bazilio Teixeira Cardozo de Sávedra (see ads 8-11 & 13-15) for his father was Gabriel Teixeira de Menezes Sávedra. The infanta Mariana Vitória of Portugal (1768-1788) did not use the name de Menezes, though the De Menezes family had close ties to the Portuguese royal family, and her only brother (not a twin) was the future João VI, King of Portugal (1767-1826).Some ink smudges, corner torn-off the second leaf and a faint stain on the first leaf, otherwise in good condition.
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Atlas historique. – Souvenirs historiques. – Tableaux et cartes.[Montpellier?], [date on spine of vol. 1:] 1851. 3 volumes. Folio (vol. 1) and large 4to (vols. 2-3). Neatly written manuscripts on paper with 23 graphically vibrant maps, coloured in outline with subtly shaded washes in grey (for the coasts) and numerous bright colours (for political boundaries), and with calligraphic headings. Contemporary bindings: vol. 1 red half goatskin; vol. 2 black half goatskin; vol. 3 black sheepskin.

ATLAS - HISTORICAL]. A 3-volume historical manuscript atlas with beautiful manuscript maps, the volumes titled: Atlas historique, Souvenirs historiques and Tableaux et cartes. The Atlas historique contains finely calligraphed chronological tables displaying events in ecclesiastical history, the history of the Roman Empire and France, from the first century to 1850, followed by coloured double-page maps of France, the Ottoman Empire, Europe and the Roman Empire. The Souvenir historiques has the same structure, but is solely devoted to the history of England, Spain, Germany and Italy, covering the period from the fifth century to 1850, with coloured double-page maps of the British Isles, the Iberian Peninsula, the German states, and Italy. The Cartes et tableaux is the most ambitious volume, containing no fewer than 14 coloured double-page maps, including two world maps, maps of Africa, Asia, America, Oceania, Europe, etc., and numerous chronological tables.The ink has sometimes left a browned shadow on the back of the leaves or facing leaves and occasionally eaten a small hole in the paper, but the atlas is otherwise in very good condition. Bindings slightly chafed. A graphically vibrant French historical manuscript atlas.
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Horologe magnetique elliptique ou ovale nouveau, de facile usage, et tres-commode, pour trouver les heures du jour & de la nuict, . . . Toul (Lorraine), Simon Belgrand, G. Perin and I. Laurent, 1660. 8vo. With 8 engraved plates (1-7 numbered) with 46 numbered figures, and a letterpress folding table after page 196. Contemporary parchment made from the lower part of a leaf from a Jesuit manuscript (Acta sanctorum, for 25 July, this part not published until 1729).

GEORGES, Pierre. Berthoud, Histoire de la mesure du temps 2, p. 348; Houzeau & Lancaster 11491; Tardy, Bibl. mesure du temps, p. 108. First edition of a curious and extensively illustrated work on what the author calls a "horloge magnetique", a horizontal sundial with a rotating magnetic needle. He makes great (and dubious) claims for his invention: it can be used day or night, even when the sky is overcast, as long as one can make out the sun, moon or a known star. The magnetic needle did no doubt help one set it up at any location, as he claimed.The title-page notes that Pierre Georges is Chanoine régulier at the Congrégation de Notre-Sauveur, established by the archbishop of Toul in 1623 under Jesuit influence, and it also gives the Jesuit "IHS" with cross. Given that Jesuit association, the manuscript fragment used for the binding is particularly interesting, for it contains a text known from the Acta sanctorum (which is arranged by the Saints' feast days, in this case 25 July). With an early 19th-century 2-page note on a free endleaf with information about Georges, the dedicatee François Grimaldi and the book. In good condition.
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Gnomonica mechanica. Oder: Mechanische Sonnen-Uhr-Kunst. In welcher den Anfängern ein besonderer, leichter, und wolverständlicher Weg gezeiget wird, auff alle ebene Flächen Sonnen-Uhren zu verzeichnen, und solche recht zu gebrauchen. Samt einer Zugabe von etlichen in Kupffer gestochenen bereits verfertigten Universal-Uhren, und zur Gnomonie dienlichen Instrumenten. Lindau, Johann Conrad Gaupp for Johannes Gaupp, 1708. With elegantly engraved frontispiece of two men making a large sundial, 40 numbered engraved plates of mathematical figures and sundials, and 1 folding letterpress table printed in red and black. With: (2) GAUPP, Johannes.Tabulae Gnomonicae, oder: Tafeln zur mechanischen Sonnen-Uhr-Kunst. Durch welche auff eine gantz leichte Weise, alle vorkommende Sonnen Uhren am allerichtigsten verzeichnet, auch andere nutzliche Auffgaben auffgelöset werden können.Lindau, Johann Conrad Gaupp for Johannes Gaupp, 1708. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Late 18th-century half vellum.

GAUPP, Johannes. Bibliogr. générale de la messure du temps, pp. 106-107 (ads 1 & 2); Berlin Kat. 1750 (ad 2), cf. 1749 (1720 issue of ad 1); Houzeau-Lancaster 11576 (ad 2), cf. 11579 (1711 & 1720 issues of ad 1); Zinner, p. 319 (ads 1 & 2). First edition, first issue, of an important handbook for making and using sundials, by Johannes Gaupp in Lindau. The 1711 and 1720 issues are less rare. The history, use and fabrication of sundials is very accurately and extensively described, profusely illustrated with many detailed and expertly engraved plates. The last two pages of the first work contain addenda and corrigenda. Although Zinner calls for the present 40 numbered plates and 9 unnumbered plates, the latter do not usually appear in the 1708 issue and were probably added to some copies later.With library stamps. Some insignificant foxing and spotting. In good condition, with the title-page of the second work very slightly shaved (with the loss of one hyphen). The vellum of the spine is torn and repaired, but the binding is also generally good.
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The Saint Helena almanac and annual register for the year of our lord 1850, Containing a detailed account of the public departments and local institutions.Saint Helena, George Gibb, Government office, [1849]. 8vo. With title-page printed in orange, with the woodcut royal arms of the United Kingdom. Later black half morocco, gold-tooled spine.

SAINT HELENA - ALMANAC]. Only copy located of the 1850 almanac for the island of Saint Helena. Famous for being the prison of Napoleon Bonaparte in his final years, the British island was used as a frequent stop by ships calling in for supplies. The almanac contains 37 pages listing the 930 ships that visited the island between 1 December 1848 and 30 November 1849. The development of steamships as well as the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 would almost completely reprieve Saint Helena of its most importance as a supply station. In 1840 a naval station was established for the Royal Navy's campaign to suppress the slave trade. By 1 December 1849, 15,067 slaves had been brought to the island. Roughly a fourth died on the island, with the rest emigrating to Jamaica, British Guiana and Trinidad. Starting with the natural history of the island, the almanac describes the geology of the island and lists the birds and fish that can be found. In no apparent order the rest of the almanac describes the feasts and festivals for the year 1850; lunar cycles; climate of the island; tides; the family of Queen Victoria; the British cabinet; the political, military and ecclesiastical government of the island as well as the British naval command in West Africa; customs and judicial fees and penalties; ordinances; local institutions and societies; and a list of local miscellaneous information. The printer appears to have aimed for a full page; for instance placing a table of the height of several hills and peaks below the regional naval hierarchy instead of near the geographical description, whereas a table of geographical distances is placed under the header "local miscellaneous information".With the bookplates of the barrister Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916), famous for being the defence lawyer for the Egyptian nationalist Ahmed 'Urabi (1841-1911) and of the legendary superspy Sidney George Reilly (1873-1925). Binding lightly worn at the hinges; a very good copy.
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Veterum Persarum et Parthorum et Medorum religionis historia.Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1760. 4to. With 21 engraved plates (5 folding) by Michael Burghers. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum.

HYDE, Thomas. ESTC T54341; Carter, Hist. of the Oxford University Press (1975), pp. 390-391; Stausberg, Faszination Zarathustra (1998), vol 1, pp. 680-712. Second edition of Thomas Hyde's important study into the pre-Islamic religions in Persia. It includes an account of the life of Zoroaster (Zarathustra) and a comparative study of Persian and other oriental languages. Hyde based himself on Latin Greek and Arabic sources and the few Zoroastrian sources he could find. His many sources are quoted in the original languages, which required the use of Oxford's Greek, Hebrew, Syriac and Samaritan typefaces, as well as the creation of new type for the Avestan language. The many plates illustrate various aspects of the pre-Islamic religions, but also various inscriptions (including Chinese), plants and even Oxford's stuffed Dodo. Included in the appendix is the first Western publication of a quatrain from Omar Kahayyam's famous Rubaiyat.Thomas Hyde was professor of Hebrew and Arabic at Oxford, and for many years interpreter and secretary in oriental languages to the governments of Charles II, James II, and William III. Besides his great knowledge of many Asian languages, Hyde was a leading bibliographer and librarian of his time. The first edition of his study in Iranian religions had been practically unsellable, but due to an increasing interest in Persia and the Middle East, this second edition sold very well. Somewhat browned and foxed, especially the first 100 pp, and a few small holes in the second title-page. Otherwise in good condition. Binding rubbed at the front top corner, front hinge partly cracked (ca. 20 cm) and the back hinge partly (10 cm).