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Bruce Marshall Rare Books

The Principal Navigations

The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by sea or over-land, to the remote and farthest distant quarter of the earth, at any time within the compasse of these 1500 yeeres,

HAKLUYT, RICHARD Three Volumes Bound in Two, Folio (280 x 200mm),pp. [24],619; [16],312,204; [16],868pp. Full Mottled Calf, Elaborately Gilt Spines, Rebacked, Black Letter, this set includes in it's original text : Drake's 'Voyage to Cadiz' withdrawn under Royal Decree by Elizabeth I. This is the first issue of the desirable second edition, greatly expanded from the single-volume original version of Hakluyt's voyages, with the first state of the titlepage (dated 1598 rather than 1599, and mentioning Essex's "famous victorie" at Cadiz in 1596), and the genuine original printing of the suppressed leaves containing the voyage to Cadiz (pp.607- 619) corresponding with Church's first issue. This second edition is actually an entirely different book from the initial 1589 compilation. "This [second edition] was indeed Hakluyt's monumental masterpiece.Much that was new and important was included: the travels of Newbery and Fitch, Lancaster's first voyage, the new achievements in the Spanish Main, and particularly Raleigh's tropical adventures.The book must always remain a great work of history, and a great sourcebook of geography, while the accounts themselves constitute a body of narrative literature which is of the highest value in understanding the spirit and the tendencies of the Tudor age" - Penrose. "It is difficult to overrate the importance and value of this extraordinary collection of voyages" - Sabin. ".An invaluable treasure of nautical information which has affixed to Hakluyt's name a brilliancy of reputation which time can never efface or obscure" - Church. Hakluyt's collection will always be the primary source for the history of early British exploration, as well as one of the gems of Elizabethan letters. Hakluyt took such patriotic pride in his countrymen's exploits in the fields of travel and adventure that he devoted his life to preserving the records of all British voyages, and to advancing further means for the promotion of wealth and commerce for the nation. "Hakluyt was a vigorous propagandist and empire-builder; his purpose was to further British expansion overseas. He saw Britain's greatest opportunity in the colonization of America, which he advocated chiefly for economic reasons, but also to spread Protestantism, and to oust Spain" - Hill. The third volume is devoted almost entirely to the Americas, the South Seas, and various circumnavigations of the world. It includes the accounts of Niza, Coronado, Ruiz, and Espejo relating to New Mexico; Ulloa, Drake, and others concerning California; and Raleigh's account of Guiana. Volume I of this set contains the original printing of the rare "Voyage to Cadiz" (pp.607- 619), which was suppressed by order of Queen Elizabeth after the disgrace of the Earl of Essex; and with the first state of the titlepage in the first volume. The reason for the existence of several states of these Cadiz leaves was the fall from royal favor of the Earl of Essex, who returned to England from Ireland without leave in 1599. The original titlepage, dated 1598, makes mention of Essex's "famous victorie atchieued at the citie of Cadiz," and so it was quickly replaced with another version (dated 1599), which makes no mention of Cadiz. Normally, the seven Cadiz leaves were simply removed from the end of the first volume.The greatest assemblage of travel accounts and navigations to all parts of the world collected up to its time, and a primary source for early New World exploration. This volume contains 243 narratives of voyages and travels in the New World, consisting of some one million seven hundred thousand words. GROLIER ENGLISH 100, 14. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 3, 4, 5, 6, 8c, 9a, 18a. PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN 105. STC 12626. SABIN 29595, 29597, 29598. JCB (3)I:360-61. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 598/42. BELL H10. HILL 743. PALAU 112038, 112039. BORBA DE MORAES, pp.391-92. Penrose, TRAVEL AND DISCOVERY IN THE RENAISSANCE, p.318. PFORZHEIMER 443. CHURCH 322 (2nd issue of vol. 1). QUINN, p.490.
Nouvelle relation de la Chine

Nouvelle relation de la Chine, contenant la description des particularitez les plus considerbles de ce Grand emire. Compose en l’annee 1668.

MAGAILLANS, GABRIEL DE First Edition, 4to, original marbled boards, rebacked half calf gilt, spine elaborately gilt, morocco label, with a large folding engraved plan of Peking. After first spending six years in the Portuguese colony of Goa, Magalhães arrived in Hangzhou in 1640. He was then sent to Chengdu in Sichuan and arrived in August 1642. He began a close association with fellow Jesuit Lodovigo Buglio in Chengdu, and started to study Chinese under Buglio's guidance. Buglio would become his biographer 35 years later. Both Magalhães and Buglio were pressed to served under the rebel "King of the West", Zhang Xiangzong (: Chang Hsien-chung) after Zhang captured Sichuan in 1644. Initially Magalhães wrote sympathetically of Zhang's attempts at empire-building in Chengdu, but became fearful when Zhang started his campaign of terror in Sichuan. After Zhang was defeated by the Manchus in 1647, the pair were captured by Hooge. In his plea to avoid execution, Magalhães claimed the German Jesuit Adam Schall as their "elder brother" who was recognized by the Manchu commander. They were taken to the Forbidden City in Peking in 1648 where they was well received by the Shunzhi emperor, and were given a church, house and income. He and Buglio undertook the construction of the original St. Joseph's Church in Peking (originally known as Dong Tang or Eastern Church). Magalhães was given the duty of maintaining various Western machinery, including the clocks at the court of the Shunzhi and Kangxi emperors. He built a number of mechanical devices, including a carillon and turret clock that played a Chinese tune on the hour. After the death of the Shunzhi emperor, anti-Christian sentiments surfaced, and in 1661, during the reign of the Kangxi emperor, Magalhães was charged with bribery. He was imprisoned and tortured, but later released as the charges were not sustained. Magalhães died in Peking on 6 May 1677 and the Kangxi emperor himself wrote Magalhães' eulogy, and granted his estate 200 taels of silver and ten large bolts of silk.

Itinerarium, Ofte Schipvaert naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien. Inhoudende een beschrijvinghe dier Landen, Zee-custen, havens, Rivieren, Hoecken ende plaetsen, met de ghedenckwaerdighste Historien der selve. Hier zijn by gevoeght de Conterfeytsels, van de habijten, drachten, so van Portugesen aldaer residerende, als van de Ingeboorene Indianen: Ende van hare Tempelen, Afgoden, Huysingen, manieren, Godes-dienst, Politie, Huys-Houdingen ende Coophandel, hoe ende waer die ghedreven wordt: Als oock van de Boomen, Vruchten, Cruyden, Speceryen, ende dierghelijcke Materialen van die Landen.

LINSCHOTEN, JAN HUYGEN VAN Folio, Contemporary Vellum, Yapp edges, 3 parts in one volume, (8),160; (8),13-147, (1); (82),(2),(8 index)p., 3 engraved titles , one title-page with engraved vignette of a ship surrounded by 4 views of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Middelburg and Enkhuizen, Portrait of the author, with 6 folding engraved maps by J. van Doetecum after P. Plancius (worldmap) and by A.F. and H.F. Langren, and 36 double-page and folding plans, plates and views by J. and B. van Doeticum after Linschoten, Contemporary Vellum, Yapp Edges. Linschoten's highly important work, opening the East for trade by the Dutch and the English. Until its publication no other book contained any comparable amount of useful information on the East and West Indies and it soon became required reading for all navigators sailing to the East. With chapters on the coast of 'Arabia Felix' (that is, the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula), the island of Ormus and Islamic India. Included is a detailed map depicting Arabia, Persia and India by Langren. The interior has been taken from Gastaldi after Mercator's World Map of 1569, but has been given interesting improvements: 'The surprising fact about the representation of the [Arabian] peninsula is the close resemblance of the outline to that of a modern map when compared with other engraved maps of the time. There is a vague suggestion of the Qatar peninsula, which is not seen again until the nineteenth century' (Tibbets). The book is divided into four parts. The first treats the East Indies, including eastern Africa and Arabia and extending to regions as far east as Japan. The second book describes the navigation of the coasts of West Africa around the Cape of Good Hope to Arabia, together with the coasts of the New World. Book three, based on the discoveries of the Portuguese Royal pilot Diego Affonso, contains sailing directions from Portugal to India, and instructions for sailing in the East Indies, from island to island. Similar instructions are given for the New World, particularly Brazil and Spanish America. Book four contains detailed information on the taxes and other income that the King of Spain extracted from his territories, both at home and overseas.Muller, America 2185-2187; Sabin 41356; World Map: Shirley 187. Stock
Marci Pauli Veneti de Regionibus Orientalibus Libri III: cum Codice Manuscripto Bibliothecae Electoralis Brandenburgicae collati

Marci Pauli Veneti de Regionibus Orientalibus Libri III: cum Codice Manuscripto Bibliothecae Electoralis Brandenburgicae collati, exq; eo adjectis Notis plurimum tum suppleti tum illustrati. Accedit. Haithoni Armeni Historia Orientalis: quae & de Tartaris inscrbitur; itemque Andreae Mulleri., 3 parts in one

POLO, MARCO Engraved frontispiece, title in red and black , folding table.bound with:Hayton (Frere), Haithoni Armeni Historia Orientalis: Quae eadem & de Tartaris inscribitur, [Coloniae Brandenburgicae: Ex Officina G. Schulzii], 1671bound with: Muller (Andreas), Disquisitio Geographica & Historica, de Chataja, in qua I. Praecipue Geographorum nobilis illa Controversia: Quaenam Chataja sit, & an sit idem ille terrarum tractus, quem Sinas, & vulgo Chinam vocant, aut pars ejus aliqua? latissime tractatur; 2. Eadem vero opera pleraque rerum, quae unquam de Chataja, deque Sinis memorabilia fuerunt, atque etiam nunc sunt, compendiose enarrantur, Berlin: Typis Runiganis, 1671. With Printed title and Engraved Allegorical Title with inset map of China.4to. 3 parts in one volume. (6), 26, (16), 167, (51) pp. (8), 115, (13) pp. (4), 107, (9) pp. Letterpress title printed in red and black. With additional engraved title and engr. frontispiece to part 3 ; ornamental head bands and initials. 18th-century calf with gilt spine. All edges red. First edition. " The gifted orientalist Andreas Müller (1630-94) compiled in a single volume this collection of travel accounts and information on China: Part I is an edition of a Berlin manuscript of Marco Polo, including comparisons with editions by Grynaeus (1532) and Ramusio (1559). Part II is a Latin version of "Historia orientalis" by the Armenian Hayton of Corycus (d. 1308). - Part III, is an encyclopedia of China by Müller, listing "Chinese peculiarities" based on Chinese and oriental sources (cf. Löwendahl 153). According to Lach, Müller was "one of the most cosmopolitan of world-conscious Europeans" of his time, although he never travelled outside of Europe. He fell out with Kircher over a linguistic issue, and when Chinese writing was described by theologians as a breach of the Second Commandment, his position in Berlin became untenable. Having resigned his position as provost of St. Nicolai in 1685, he relocated to Stettin and spent the remainder of his life with private studies. "By his own ways of publishing he much hampered the production of a bibliography of his works, which would certainly warrant scrutiny. Before his death he destroyed his manuscripts. He negotiated over the sale of his library with numerous universities, but finally, on a whim, gave away a mere 50 books to the Stargard Consistorium in 1692; most of his books and the remainder of his papers he willed to St. Mary's collegiate church in Stettin" (cf. ADB XXII, 513f.). - Some browning and spotting throughout. Still a fine copy VD 17, 12:108208R. Cordier (Sinica) III, 1968. Lust 288. Löwendahl 153. Morrison II, 535. Ebert 17665. Henze IV, 380. ADB XXII, 513. Brunet III, 69 & 1406 ("receuil assez recherché")
A Voyage Round the World

A Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805 and 1806, by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the first on board the Ships Nadeshda and Neva under the command of Captain A.J.von Krusenstern.

KRUSENSTERN, ADAM JOHANN von. First English Edition.Two vols in one, 4to, Publisher's boards, later paper spine and label, with 2 hand-coloured, aquatint frontispieces and a folding engraved chart. Krusenstern (1770-1846), "appointed to command the first Russian round-the-world expedition, had serving with him a brilliant corps of officers, including Lisiansky, Langsdorff, and Kotzebue. The expedition was to attempt to ?open relations with Nippon and the Sandwich Islands, to facilitate trade in South America, to examine California for a possible colony, and make a thorough study and report of the Northwest coast, its trade and its future.?.The importance of this work is due to its being the official account of the first Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe, and the discoveries and rectifications of charts that were made, especially in the North Pacific and on the northwest coast of America.The introduction is particularly important and interesting because of the information it contains respecting the state of Russian commerce during the eighteenth century, the Russian voyages and discoveries in the Northern Ocean, and the Russian fur trade" (Hill). A Russian edition was published in 1809-1814 and a German edition (from which this English edition was translated) in 1810-1814. Abbey, Travel, 1. Arctic Bibliography 9377. Borba de Moraes pp. 374-5. Hill pp. 167-8. Howes K271. Sabin 38331. HBS 67660. Stock
Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland)

Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland)

CAMDEN, WILLIAM 2 vol., folio, by Mary Matthews, for Awnsham Churchill, 1722, second edition of Gibson's translation, large paper copy, engraved portrait frontispiece, titles in red and black, 9 engraved plates of coins, 49 double-page and 2 folding engraved general and county maps by Robert Morden, all fully hand-coloured by a contemporary hand, engraved illustrations in text, one full-page, a fine binding of contemporary dark blue morocco elaborately gilt within frames, spines gilt with red roan labels,gilt edges. A Splendid Large Paper Copy In A Fine Binding, scarce with Contemporary Hand-Colouring on thick paper.The fine maps in this edition by Robert Morden, commissioned to produce revised county maps in a more modern style for a new edition of Camden's "Britannia", to replace those of Kip and Hole which were looking dated.The restyling was successful, but the cartography was based on John Speed (who had followed Saxton), rather than any new survey work. Morden did make numerous revisions. He added roads to his maps, using Ogilby's Britannia as his source. He also sent base copies of other county maps deemed to be the most up to date and correct to 'the most knowing gentlemen in each county' who were asked to check and advise him of any errors. This exercise achieved some results and realised a good number of changes to the spelling of place names (many of which came in too late for the first edition of 1695, but which were included in this edition of 1722). Provenance: Bookplate of James Laura E. Stuart, Carrow Abbey. This Camden is from the magnificent library formed in 1878 by Jeremiah Coleman at Carrow Abbey. James Stuart married Coleman's daughter Laura and improved the Abbey and added to the library later gifting the majority of the books to the city of Norwich.Chubb CXV
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TRECHSLIN, ANNE MARIE LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED BY TRECHSLIN,COGGIATTI AND THE PUBLISHER LARGE FOLIO,54 x 41 cms,40 fine coloured plates,mounted in overlay-mounts with textured surface, each mount discreetly embossed with a number given in the index,printed text loosely inserted,contained in a fine lime-coloured linen folding case, titled in gilt.The plates are printed in a screenless flat-bed impression and the reproduction is made from grained plates.The lithographer has retouched these plates by hand to give a light and shade that is a precise rendering of the original.They are produced in a unique 12 to 15 colour printing process,which achieves an intensity and variety of colours that makes the images appear like original watercolours.The text describes each rose and comprises 52 pages, 25 of which are printed in two colours ;in addition to the individual histories of the 40 roses there are also short biographies of the artist and the author and a table of contents. Acknowledged as the finest living artist painting watercolours of roses,this collection displays some of her most beautiful works.In 2001 the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris invited the Artist to create a painting on vellum to continue a tradition of flower painting since Robert & Redoute in the 18th century. In 2002 at a special exposition "Roses and Camellias", A.M. Trechslin's 40 watercolours were made accessible to the public.Anne Marie Trechslin has had the honour of being presented to two queens, Queen Fabiola of Belgium accepted from her a drawing of the rose "Pascali" - a Belgian variety which has received a large number of awards in international competition - and to H.M.Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother who complimented her upon the quality and beauty of the picture of the "Queen Elizabeth" rose which she had presented to her Majesty at St James?s Palace on the occasion of the reception held for overseas delegates to the International Rose Conference in 1968. Many other awards have followed.Although the edition was intended to be large,it is likely there are no more than a few hundred copies in existence.
Personal recollections of the Zoo: during a period of fifty years.

Personal recollections of the Zoo: during a period of fifty years.

JOHNSON, THEOPHILIUS (1836-1919) 8° (213 x 140mm). 62 plates of original drawings, of which 35 in full colour and 27 monochrome, and 20 monochrome vignettes in the text. (2 leaves pp.163-166 on the Walrus loosely inserted, Original green cloth (extremities rubbed). VERY RARETHEOPHILUS JOHNSON (1836-1919) was an amateur naturalist and artist who privately printed a large number of natural history publications in the latter half of the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Born in Tottenham on 23 August 1836, he seems to have been apprenticed to the stationery and printing trade, and was consequently able later to produce well-executed letterpress works. They are remarkable for not only was all the printing executed by himself, but Johnson also illustrated all of his works with original watercolours and drawings, without any engraved or lithographic backing. It is also extremely likely that all of the cloth bindings of his works were executed by Johnson himself. Because of their nature, the bibliography of all of his books is complicated, and all are rare: The Natural History Museum, London, holds 29 printed books and manuscripts (although the printed BM(NH) catalogue only lists 4, and their online catalogue a further 4 titles); and the Zoological Society of London 4 more. The British Library does not seem to contain any of his works. References: R.B. Freeman. British Natural History Books. 1495-1900. Folkestone: Dawson, 1980: '. very few copies were produced. Their bibliography is complex' (p.192); Howard Radclyffe, 'Theophilius Johnson: amateur naturalist, artist and publisher extraordinaire' in Archives of Natural History (1995) 22 (2): 183-190.
The English Pilot. Describing the Sea-Coasts

The English Pilot. Describing the Sea-Coasts, Capes, Head-Lands, Rivers and Ports in the Whole Northern Navigation.

MOUNT, RICHARD & PAGE, Thomas Folio (478 x 305mm.), W. and J. Mount, T. Page, 1756, Contemporary calf, woodcut Royal arms on title, 31 engraved maps (mostly of the coast of Scandinavia and the Baltic, 26 double-page, 5 folding, woodcut coastal profiles and illustrations in the text.The English Pilot was an important British sea-atlas published from 1671 to 1803. Initially published by John Seller, publication of the atlas changed hands periodically, with other publishers including Charles Price, John Thornton, and the Mount & Page firm. The charts from the English Pilot were intended as working charts so there was an effort to make them accurate, although predictably, many seamen complained that the charts were consistently out of date and that changes were slow to appear, a charge levelled at virtually every British, French and American Chart maker, including the respective governments of these nations. Ironically, it was in no small part due to the proprietary nature of the information included in the maps and sailing directions that there was a tendency for commercial pilots to pass the information from mariner to chart-maker more slowly than might otherwise have been the case, although the chart makers on the Thames and otherwise were undoubtedly reluctant to immediately make each and every necessary correction, for fear of undermining the economic viability of their businesses. [NMM 3 424]
Reliquiae Britannico-Romanae.Containing Figures of Roman Antiquities Discovered in Various Parts of England.

Reliquiae Britannico-Romanae.Containing Figures of Roman Antiquities Discovered in Various Parts of England.

LYSONS, SAMUEL London: Printed by T. Bensley and sold by Messr.Cadell and Davies, etc. 1813-17.First Edition, 3 volumes, Large Folio, half red calf over marbled boards, complete with numerous plates on 111 hand-coloured sheets of antiquities and mosaic pavements, of which 37 are folding or double-page, 3 hand-coloured titles, engraved dedication, 7 part titles with 6 in colour, 4 engraved ll of lists of plates in colour with hand-coloured engraved vignettes, a fine copy of a rare work. A SUPERB COPY OF A VERY SCARCE WORK. One of 200 Sets Only and One of the Most Important Works on Roman Antiquities in Britain.An extraordinary series of engravings recording Roman mosaic floors and antiquities excavated in Great Britain in the late 18th century. Samuel Lysons was one of the first archaeologists to investigate the Roman sites in Britain, as well as being a leading intellectual of his time and a benefactor of the British Museum, to which he donated many artifacts. Between 1793 and 1796, he undertook extensive excavations of Roman ruins which were published with his illustrations in 1797 as Account of the Roman Antiquities discovered at Woodchester in the County of Gloucester. That year he was made a fellow of the Royal Society and later served as its vice-president and treasurer. He was also an antiquary professor in the Royal Academy 1818. He published several works on Roman mosaics, including contributions to Archaeologia, a periodical published by the Society of Antiquaries in London. His greatest work is deemed to be Reliquiae Britannico-Romanae,containing figures of Roman Antiquities discovered in England .He also assisted his brother Daniel Lysons on the book Magna Britannia, a major topographical study of the regions of England. Through his scholarly work and meticulous illustrations he made a lasting contribution to the study of Roman mosaics. The Romans briefly invaded Britain in 55 B.C., but their real impact on the region came later, when Emperor Claudius ordered another invasion in 43 A.D. By the end of the first century, England was fully occupied by the Romans and they built villas and settlements, mainly in the southern and eastern regions.
Plantae Selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini in hortis curiosorum nutrita manu artificiosa doctaque pinxit Georgius Dionysius Ehret.

Plantae Selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini in hortis curiosorum nutrita manu artificiosa doctaque pinxit Georgius Dionysius Ehret.

TREW, C.J. Augsburg, J.J. Haid, 1750-73. Large folio (550 x 380mm). Uncut , pp. (iv), 56, (2), with 2 of the possible 10 decades titles in red, gold and black,three engraved portraits, and 100 hand-coloured engraved plates, the first word of the engraved captions to each heightened in liquid gold; a fine large fresh copy in later half green morocco. First edition, an exceptionally fine and very large, uncut copy of one of the most beautiful and distinctive flower books of the eighteenth century, with magnificent plates by Georg Dionysius Ehret. 'The genius of Ehret was the dominant influence in botanical art during the middle years of the eighteenth century' (Blunt). "The distinction of 'Plantae selectae' is that all the hundred plates were drawn by Georg Dionysius Ehret. The artist's career was greatly furthered by the admiration and the patronage of Dr. Trew. Born in Heidelberg, as a young man he tended the gardens of the Elector of Heidelberg and then the Margrave of Baden and began to paint flowers. From 1732 he prepared plates for Dr. Trew, as he continued on his travels. From England he sent back hundred drawings. He married the sister-in-law of Philip Miller and lived in England the rest of his days. He, with Spaendonck, Redouté, and the Bauer brothers, was one of the greatest painters of flowering plants' (Hunt catalogue). "Trew was a Nuremberg physician, anatomist, and botanist who at various times served as dean of the medical school at Nuremberg, as an Imperial Counsellor, and as personal physician to the Emperor. He was made a Palzgraf and served as patron of botanical (and anatomical) illustrators, filling roughly the same position in Germany as that occupied by Sir Hans Sloane in England" (Johnston). The plates were engraved by Johann Jacob Haid. The 3 mezzotint portraits show Trew, Ehret, and Haid; the latter engraved the two former, while his own portrait was engraved by his son Johann Elias. Occasionally a fourth portrait of B.C. Vogel, is found (not present in Hunt and the majority of copies). The first decade title is placed as a general title and the second decade title at plate 50.Dunthorne 309; Great Flower Books p. 78; Hunt 539; Johnston 429; Nissen BBI, 1997; Stafleu & Cowan 15131.
Ehon Taka Kagami [or Picture-Book Mirror of Hawks]

Ehon Taka Kagami [or Picture-Book Mirror of Hawks]

KYOSAI (Toiku Kawanabe) [Tokyo, 1866-80],First edition,small 4to,(230 x 160mm.) 5 vols., (part 1, vols. 1-3: part 2, vols. 1-2), stitched Japanese-style into orig. yellow paper wrappers, each vol. with a white paper title-slip printed in red,illustrated throughout with Kyosai's magnificent woodcuts, the pict. woodcut titles of the first and fourth volumes on blue paper, the pasted-down leaves at the beginning and end of each vol. (with the exception of the two blue paper title-pages) being of mica-flecked Washi paper, stitched Japanese-style into orig. yellow paper wrappers, each vol. with a white paper title-slip printed in red, contained in a half tan morocco case. ".The book was published at Tokyo and the editor's name was Nakamura Sasuke. The 'Mirror of Hawks' is certainly a very comprehensive and instructive treatise on falconry. It is rare, only seven complete and incomplete copies having been traced in European libraries". Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) was a Kano painter, printmaker, and illustrator, the son of a Samurai. At the age of six he entered the studio of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and from the age of nine became a student of the academic Kano school, studying under Maemura Towa and then Tohaku Chinshin, who gave him the name "Toiku". He exhibited at the Vienna International Exposition in 1873, and at the first and second Paris Japanese Art Exhibitions of 1883 and 1884. In the early years of the Meiji period (1868-1912) he attained considerable popularity with his political caricatures, for which he was arrested and imprisoned in 1870. His famous "Kyosai Gadan" (1887), an attempt to show a variety of traditional Japanese and Chinese painting styles, was widely appreciated in Europe, and was issued with English captions for the export market. Kyosai's "Ehon Taka Kagami" is the major resource on Japanese falconry, with wonderful woodcuts of hawks, field work, breeding, hoods, gloves, and other associated tools and items of equipment. It records the ancient Japanese methods of care, raising, and training of the Siberian Goshawk, considered the best variety for use in falconry since ancient times. Harting 371. Schwerdt III p. 245
The Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Published by the Command of

The Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Published by the Command of, and dedicated by permission to the King, by His Majesty’s dutiful Subject and Servant John Nash.

NASH, JOHN [1826], Folio (520 x 410 mm), Fine Blue Morocco backed marbled boards, edges gilt, with 31 hand-coloured aquatints and 28 uncoloured line engravings, the hand-coloured plates mounted on buff card, one is large and folding, captions mounted on verso of the coloured plates, a splendid copy. First Edition of a monumental work describing one of the most extraordinary and flamboyant palaces in English history. This lavish work was conceived by the Prince Regent (then King George IV). He commissioned his architect Sir John Nash to produce a bound series of views displaying the wonders of the building that Nash had designed, the ' Royal Pavilion at Brighton' Nash instructed his pupil Augustus Pugin to produce a series of drawings, to be used to illustrate the work. Publication of this grand work was somewhat haphazard, resulting in copies of the book not conforming to the list of plates. This copy, however, is one of the most complete with a total of 59 plates.The Pavilion as we now know it was the result of a collaboration between the architect Sir John Nash (1752?1835), the firm of Crace (specialists in interior decoration) and their patron the Prince Regent. The Prince of Wales known familiarly to his friends as "Prinny", was born in 1762 and destined to become Prince Regent in 1811 following the onset of the madness of his father, George III. He finally became George IV in 1820, but reigned as such for only a decade, dying in 1830 at the age of 68. He is remembered as a great connoisseur and collector of art (setting a precedent for subsequent Princes of Wales to take an interest in architecture), most especially through his patronage of John Nash, who at his behest redesigned Buckingham Palace and created the elegant London developments still known as Regent Street and Regent's Park.
Le Neptune Oriental

Le Neptune Oriental, dédié au Roi. [with] Supplement. 69 engraved maps or coastal views, some double-page mainly by Alexander Dalrymple

D'APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, JEAN-BAPTISTE NICOLAS DENIS Large folio. ([4] p., x p., 194 col., [4] p., 59 h. de lam.) : 69 maps. ; 57 x 47 cm.This much enlarged rare French Sea Atlas of the coasts of Africa, Australia, the Red Sea, India, the East Indies, Indochina and Formosa contains now 69 engraved maps or coastal views, some double-page. The second edition includes some fine maps of the Arabian Peninsular. One of the charts covers the central portion of the western coast of present-day Saudi Arabia. Jeddah, the largest port on the Red Sea and a major gateway to Mecca, is the only city shown. The rest of the detail is confined to the sea, which is filled with rhumb lines, soundings, hazards, shoals, and anchorages.Mannevillette spent 30 years, often in conjunction with Alexander Dalrymple, working on the second edition of his maritime atlas. It was substantially enlarged from the first edition of 1745 and was heavily used throughout the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries.Most maps are now corrected and among the new maps were many prepared by Dalrymple including the famous map of Hong Kong area: Carte d'une partie des Côtes de la Chine et des Isles adjacentes depuis l'Isle nommée la Pierre Blanche, jusqu'à celle de l'Artimon. The most important milestone chart based upon the surveys made from navigational surveys and soundings in 1754, 1759, and 1760 by Alexander Dalrymple. This edition of Dalrymple's map was published by his friend and French colleague, Jean-Baptiste D'Après de Mannevillette in his later editions of Neptune Orientale. The chart extends from just West of Macao which is shown as is the Bocca. Tigris narrows on the Pearl River to the North. Prominently shown are the islands around present-day Hong Kong with Lantao and Lamma both identified. Hong Kong island is shown and identified as Fanchinchow with its island nature only tentatively shown. The promontories of Stanley Peak and D'Agular Peaks both tentatively shown in dotted outline. A simply engraved but important map with Latitude and longitude scales and system of rhumb lines, soundings near coast and in bay areas.References: Phillips, Alases, 3166;Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800.


DAPPER, OLFERT Folio (330 x 220mm), Contemporary blind stamped vellum over wooden boards, brass clasps repaired, upper and lower covers with blind stamped panels enclosing medallions of eastern portraits, central blind tooled lozenge.First Edition, Three parts in One Volume, pp. (viii), 428, 349, (17), (1), (1 blank), 121 (4), with engraved allegorical frontispiece, 2 printed title-pages, the first in red and black and each with a different woodcut vignette or device. 100 superb engravings including the very large folding map at the beginning of Part I and 98 fine copper plates including 14 double page maps, 28 double page plates, 56 text views and frontispiece in original colour . A UNIQUE CONTEMPORARY COLOURED COPY A wonderful and perhaps, unique coloured copy of one of the most important early travel books concerning Africa. No other coloured copies have appeared for sale for the last fifty yearsDapper?s most sought after work of exploration in fine contemporary colour, covering the entire African continent: the Islamic North (from Morocco to Egypt), Abyssinia, Central and Southern Africa, and Madagascar, Malta, the Canaries and other islands of the African coast. The work contains "a [great] number of fine maps and engravings showing the flora and fauna, views of various towns and antiquities, costumes and local scenes" (-Hamilton) The fine double-page plates include views of Cairo, an illustration of a caravan marching out of Cairo to Mecca, the Pyramids of Egypt, a view of the Royal Palace of Morocco, a plan of Tangier, a plan of Capt. Kempthorn's engagement in the Mary-Rose with several men-of-war, views of Tunis and Tripoli, views of the castles of Mina and Cormantine, views of Lovango and Luanda and the Cape of Good Hope, views of Forts Nassau and Orange, a view of Pike Mountain on Tenerife, a plan of Malta, and others.Dapper threw himself into a vast undertaking, tackling first Africa (1668), then China (1670), Persia and Georgia (1672) and Arabia (1680).Today, Description of Africa is his best-known work. Two years after the initial publication, John Ogilby produced what proved to be a rather unreliable translation. A German-language version appeared the following year, while the French translation was published in 1686.Dapper spent three years researching his book on Africa, perusing a huge number of history and geography books, as well as numerous travellers' accounts. Not content with simply compiling facts, he produced an interesting synthesis of the documents he had consulted, and although some of the information it contains should be viewed with caution, his Description of Africa remains a key text for Africanists.Far from making value judgements about the societies he described, Dapper avoided all ethnocentric connotations and became the first person to adopt an interdisciplinary approach, weaving together the separate threads of geography, economics, politics, medicine, social life and customs. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Dapper produced a genuine work for posterity, not just a compendium of exotic curiosities.Cox 1, 361;
Astronomia. Opus absolutissimum

Astronomia. Opus absolutissimum, in quo, qudquid unquam peritores mathematici in caelis observarunt, coordine, eamque; methodo traditur, ut cuius posthac facile innotescant quaecumque de astris ac planetis, necnon de eorum variis orbibus, motibus, passionibus, &c. dici possunt.

BASSANTIN [BASSENDYNE], JAMES Folio (430 x 288 mm), pp [iv] 262 [2, blank], with woodcut printer's device on title and 175 woodcuts and woodcut diagrams, including 37 full-page woodcut astronomical figures of which 18 (one half-page and 17 full-page) have a total of 35 volvelles; a fine copy in contemporary calf, gilt fillets on covers, spine with gilt compartments. Splendid Copy of an Extremely Rare Astronomical work, dedicated to the Palatine Count Frederick IV. Bassantin's beautifully produced work for calculating planetary positions, largely associated with Apianus' great Astronomicum Caesareum 1540. Many of the large woodcut diagrams and volvelles are very similar to that work, including the first volvelle, a full-page celestial planisphere of the northern hemisphere. ?The size of this volume and the extent of its illustration make this an unusually fine example of the attention given to the printing of scientific works at this period? (Mortimer). James Bassantin (d. 1568) was a Scots astronomer and astrologer, born in the reign of James IV. He studied at the University of Glasgow, devoting himself to science and mathematics. He continued his education on the Continent in several countries, before settling in France as a teacher of mathematics, first in Lyons and then in Paris.Bassantin was knowledgeable of advances in German and Italian mathematics and astronomy. He produced a revised edition of Jacques Foucard's ?Paraphrase de l'astrolabe? (Lyons 1555), which contained his "Amplification de l'usage de l?astrolabe", reprinted several times. It demonstrates finding positions in ecliptic latitude of the moon, planets, and fixed stars, as well as the use of the shadow square. In 1562 Bassantin returned to Scotland. On route, according to Sir James Melville ("Memoirs of his own life" p 203), he met Sir Robert Melville, Sir James's brother, and predicted to him that there would be "at length captivity and utter wreck" for Mary, Queen of Scots, at the hands of Elizabeth, and also that the kingdom of England would eventually fall of right to the crown of Scotland, but at the cost of many bloody battles, in which the Spaniards would take part. Bassantin was a convinced Protestant and in politics a supporter of the regent Murray (based on the ODNB entry).Provenance: inscription on title: 'Ex libris Caroli Parisot Sacri Regni Imperii Equitis empt. Parisiis 6R an. dmi. 1676' Cartier De Tournes 704; cf Mortimer 47 and Horblit sale catalogue lot 89; OCLC lists UCLA, and the Smithsonian.