WALLIN, Georg August (Yrjö Aukusti).
VII, , 126, [2 blank] pp.First edition, published posthumously in the original Swedish, of an account of Wallins principal journey through Arabia, unknown to most bibliographers: "It was not until two years after his death", writes Henze, "that the report of his first (and most important) journey (performed in 1845, a year before the appearance of the first volume of Carl Ritters Arabia) was published". This refers to the English "Narrative of a Journey from Cairo to Medina and Mecca", which was printed in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1854. In fact, an extensive account of the first leg of this highly significant journey was first given to the world in December 1853, only a little more than a year after the authors death. In contrast with the later JRGS publication, the present work includes an appendix rendering Arabic terms and phrases that occur throughout the text in the original language and script. It is not clear to us whether Wallin left it incomplete or whether the publisher chose to abridge it, but the title-page calls it a "fragment"."In 1845, proceeding southeast across the wastelands of the Nafud Desert, he reached Hail then continued by force of circumstances southward to Medina and Mecca. From there he returned to Egypt" (Howgego). More precisely, he "moved eastwards from Wadi al-Araba, first touching upon the upper regions of Wadi Sirhan, then on to the oasis of Djuf (Algawf) and crossed the central regions of Shammar, via Djobbah (Gubbi), the Great Nefud (Nufood), and Hail . Of Shammar and its inhabitants he provided the fullest account, unsurpassed by later travellers in its scholarly precision" (Henze).Owners stamp "L. L. Cygnaeus, Helsingfors" on flyleaf. Quite unusually, this copy shows little browning and is further in fine condition.l K.-E. Henriksson, "A Wallin Bibliography", in: Studia orientalia 17 (1952), pp. 13-16, at p. 13; WorldCat 551923531; cf. Macro 2262; Howgego (1800-50), W12, p. 627; Henze V, 452 (all citing only the 1854 JRGS publication); Fück 198 (mentioning the journey); not in Gay; Ibrahim-Hilmy.
PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius (PLINY the elder) (Philippus BEROALDUS, ed.).
358 ll.A stunning copy of the 1479 edition of Plinys encyclopedia of the knowledge of the ancient world, beautifully illuminated for the Ottoni family of Matelica, with 37 large initials in burnished gold with elaborate decoration in several colours, the first with a matching border in all four margins, that at the foot incorporating the Ottoni coat of arms. When first published a mere decade earlier, in Venice in 1469, this work marked the first appearance of any scientific text in print and the first printing type that can be called a fully fledged roman. The present sixth Latin edition is one of the finest specimens ever to leave the press of Michael Manzolus. The colophon is dated 25 August 1479, but a poem dated "Tarvisii tertio idus Octobres Mcccclxxix" (Treviso, 13 October 1479) appears on a3v: quires a and b comprise the preliminaries so they were probably printed last. It is the second edition to be edited by Philippus Beroaldus, after the 1476 Parma edition.Pliny's Historia naturalis, his only vehicle to spread his legacy, is a rich source of information about both the understanding and the misunderstanding of the world in classical antiquity, whether concerning astronomy, geography, (medical) botany, zoology, mineralogy or the history of ancient art. The most important source for natural history in ancient times, it not retained its importance in the 15th century, it also shaped the foundation of modern Western thought. Next to its value as source for ancient natural history, the Historia naturalis remains the most important early source on the history of Western art, outlining not just the history of ancient painting but also the materials and techniques of the visual arts - including those used in the decoration of this book.The finely executed coat of arms in the foot margin's border at the beginning of the text indicates that this copy was illuminated for the Ottoni family, possibly Count Alessandro Ottoni (d. 1485), of Matelica in Italy's Marche region. The same owner has left numerous early marginalia: Pliny mentions the inhabitants of the Ottonis' native town in book 3, chapter 13 as "Matilicates", and the book's owner has marked the relevant line with a manicule. The annotator also paid special attention to sections on the Greek islands (book 4), the wonders of India (book 6), and the medicinal uses of bugs (book 29); a later owner in the mid-16th century added a note referencing the "Hieroglyphica" of Piero Valeriano (book 9).Lacking the initial and the final blank leaves. With subtle repairs to the spine, the gutter margins of first 3 leaves repaired, occasional insignificant spots (somewhat more pronounced near the end) and some worming in the final leaf. A splendid copy of a magnificent early incunable.l BMC VI, p. 888; Bod-Inc P-363; BSB-Ink P-603; HC 13092; Goff P791; GW M34310; IDL 3729; ISTC ip00791000; Proctor 647; for the type: Riccardo Olocco, A new method of analysing printed type: the case of the 15th-century Venetian romans, University of Reading doctoral thesis, 2019, pp. 339-362, using the present edition to illustrate the type on p. 342.
COOK, James (subject)].
48; , [2 blank] pp.Extremely rare German account of Captain Cooks death, published in Tallinn in Estonia, "undoubtedly the first account of Cook's death to be published in book form" (Beddie), together with a letter concerning the 1775 Spanish voyage to the west coast of North America by Bodega y Quadra (1744-1794), also in German, with many references to Cook. The first work opens with a short poem on the death of the English navigator and hydrographer James Cook (1728-1779), who died during a scuffle with the Hawaiian natives on 14 February 1779, after his relations with them had deteriorated. It is followed by a foreword and "a short account of Cook's life, his voyages and his death, with many inaccuracies on his early career" (Beddie), also in German. Much of the information in this small booklet comes from a letter, Auszug des Briefes von Kensington den 4ten Febr. 1780 die Nachrichten von Kapitain Cook betressend.This letter "includes paraphrases of passages in Captain Charles Clerke's letter to the Admirality, written at Kamchatka on June 8, 1779, announcing the death of Cook at Hawaii" (Forbes). Beyond the books importance as the first published account of Cook's death, it also includes many passing references to the Hawaiian Islands. It ends with a laudatory poem on Cook's death, "An elegy on the death of the late Captain Cook", followed by a German translation.In addition to the present edition in the original German, Albrecht published a French translation more or less simultaneously: Précis de la vie & des voyages du Capitaine Cook. Écrit de Kensington ce 4 février 1780. The author of this account of Cook's death is uncertain, though it has been attributed to Georg Forster (1754-1794) or Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798), German natural scientists who accompanied Cook on his second voyage.The second work in this volume, by the same publisher in matching format in the same year, is a letter concerning the 1775 voyage to the west coast of North America by the Spanish voyager Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. It contains many references to the voyages of Cook and is even rarer than the Nachrichten. Both works on Cook and the Pacific are rare, the Briefe (with only 1 copy in WorldCat) even rarer than the Nachrichten. We have found only one other copy of either in auction record (in fact the two works bound together).Binding slightly rubbed, especially around the spine and along the extremities. Some leaves slightly browned, some occasional stains, slightly dust-soiled, a small wormhole in the outer margin of pp. 15-26, but overall an extremely rare work in good condition.l Ad 1: Beddie 241; Forbes 18; Howgego C176; VD18 11228342; WorldCat (12 copies in 4 entries); cf. Du Rietz 1060 (French & German eds.); not in Hill. Ad 2: WorldCat (1 copy); not in VD18.
Two rare print series, each with its own engraved title-page, by two of the most famous and prolific French print artists of the seventeenth century. The title-pages of both series explicitly note that engineers and young noblemen can use them as models for drawing lessons; the captions of the last two plates in ad 2 also mention this purpose.Ad 1: Very rare series of 22 finely detailed etched prints with scenery and pastoral landscapes attributed on the title-page to Jacques Callot (1592-1635). It includes fountains, buildings (including fortifications and churches, but also modest country houses), some spectacularly perched on rocky outcropings and some along rivers or seas, a village square with a well, and sylvan scenes, many with people (including musicians), boats, horses, other domestic animals and very detailed bridges. Ad 2: Very rare print series comprising an engraved title-page and 22 prints, numbered in manuscript, including 2 probably inserted from a different series around the time of publication. This print series shows a greater variety of subjects than ad 1, but most were probably designed by Israel Silvestre (1621-1691), as the title suggests. A well-known French draughtsman etcher and print publisher, he specialized in topographic views and views of famous buildings. In 1661 Silvestre inherited his uncle Israel Henriet's stock of copper plates, including a large part of the works of Jacques Callot. In 1662 he was appointed "dessinateur et graveur du Roi" and in 1673 also drawing-master to Louis, le Grand Dauphin. Silvestre headed a large atelier with at least two pupils who made very successful careers as etchers, François Noblesse and Louis Meunier. Silvestre often made etchings after Callot's drawings and also produced new work in Callot's highly esteemed and popular style.Complete list of contents available on request.With a very large owner's signature (difficult to read) in the foot margin of the first title-page, and the (1930s?) bookplate of C. Humbert on the front paste-down. Both series in very good condition, binding worn and the head and foot of the backstrip damaged.l Ad 1: Meaume, Recherches sur la vie et les oeuvrages de Jacques Callot (1860), 1099-1120; Thieme-Becker 5, pp. 406-408; WorldCat (1 copy); not in Berlin Kat. Ad 2: WorldCat (1 copy, with only 17 ll.); cf. Faucheux 26, prints 2-10 & 12 (10 of the 22 views, issued with a different title-page) & 60, prints 3 & 4 (the 2 inserted prints); Meaume 1173 bis (the present print 14 issued in a Callot series); Thieme-Becker 31, p. 35; not in BAL; Berlin Kat.
ROST, Johann Leonard.
, 362,  pp.First edition of Rost's "Taschenatlas", a portable celestial atlas published as an astronomical handbook and lavishly illustrated with celestial maps, globes, spheres, constellations and diagrams. Johann Leonard Rost (1688-1727), a German astronomer, was strongly influenced by the work of Hevelius, like many other 18th-century German astronomers. The Atlas portatilis coelestis contains an introduction on the subject and the principles of astronomy, discussing not only astronomy in general, but also geometry, globes, ecliptics, terrestrial zones, climates, meridians, the Ptolemaic, Tychonic and Copernican solar systems, celestial globes, constellations, planets, comets, eclipses of the sun, a geographical description of the moon, and much more. All this information is accompanied by engraved plates and maps, including a double-page view of the surface of the moon.With an owner's inscription on the front paste-down, partly struck through, stating that the owner acquired the book on 20 March (?) 1739 from a friend. Also with an owner's inscription on the recto of the first endleaf by Mathias Schleiper and on the verso another dated 1749 by Joseph Krümmel. Also with a slightly faded library stamp on the title-page.Binding only very slightly worn. A highly interesting astronomical work with beautiful plates, especially those of the constellations with the zodiac figures.l De La Lande, pp. 376-377; Poggendorf II, col. 701; Warner, The sky explored, p. 212; not in Houzeau-Lancaster.
VIII, , 484, ; , 455,  pp.Dutch translation of an important and famous account of the Royal Danish Expedition (1761-67) to the Middle East, Egypt, Persia and India, the first scientific expedition to this area. The original German edition was published in Copenhagen in 1744-1778 under the title Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und anderen umliegenden Ländern.''In volume II, p. 317 he [Niebuhr] begins his description of the journey from Beit el Fakih in the coffee mountains. This is accompanied by three engravings'' (Hünersdorff). There are some 40 other references to coffee in this work, including the journey from Sana'a to Mocha. The plates, the same as used for the first German language edition, include many views of cities, antiquities and statues, natives in traditional dress, hieroglyphs, Arabic script, musical instruments, a reception with the Iman of Sana'a (Yemen) and views of the mosque in Meshed Ali. The 31 maps and plans show Constantinople, the Nile, Dschidda (Jeddah) in the province of Mecca, Bombay, the palace of Persepolis, Muscat, the Persian Gulf, Baghdad, Mosul, etc. Niebuhr's map of Yemen, the first accurate map of the area ever made, remained the standard for the next 200 years.''The expedition had been proposed by the Hebrew scholar Johann David Michäelis of Göttingen for the purpose of illustrating certain passages of the Old Testament, and initially envisaged only a single traveller, possibly an Arabic scholar. However, the idea rapidly blossomed into a fully-fledged scientfiic expedition. The team eventually assembled, for which there was no appointed leader, included Niebuhr as surveyor, along with Friedrich Christian von Haven, Peter Forskall, Christian Carl Kramer, Georg Baurenfeind, and a Swedish ex-soldier named Berggren'' (Howgego). Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) was the sole survivor, and his work represents an important contribution to the study of the Middle East.Bindings slightly worn. Large-margined copy of a famous account of a scientific expedition to the Middle East, Egypt, Persia and India in fine condition.l Howgego, to 1800, N24; Hünersdorff, Coffee, p. 1081; Tiele, Bibl. 796; cf. Atabey 873-874; Cox I, pp. 237-238; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et Arabe 3589.
MASAWAIH al-MARDINI (MESUE the younger).
, 421, , [2 blank] pp.Well-made but popularly priced Lyon 8vo edition of Mesues three seminal pharmacological works, including his great pharmacological handbook, the principal model for the European pharmacopoeias, translated into Latin by Jacques Dubois/Jacobus Sylvius (1478-1555), who taught anatomy at Paris (his students including Vesalius and Gesner). Dubois first published it in a Paris folio edition in 1542. Speaking of the "artisanal epistemology" crucial to the European scientific revolution, De Vos calls Mesues present works "a conduit for the Arabic contributions to that epistemology and its subsequent development and impact", describing them as "the most dominant source of pharmaceutical writings" and "by far the most influential in the subsequent development of European pharmacy", with Duboiss new Latin translation "of particular note" (pp. 668, 670, 673). It is by far the most detailed and extensive mediaeval book of pharmacological recipes, far surpassing the 12th-century Antidotarium Nicolai, which had been the standard work in Europe. Not only does it include 432 recipes for compound medications (compared with Nicolais 85), it arranges them by the kind of medicine, rather than alphabetically, and unlike Nicolai it gives detailed instructions for their preparation. It largely superseded Nicolai in Europe in the late 1300s and early 1400s. Although Mesue and his present works have fallen into undeserved obscurity in the general public, they went through more editions than Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Galen or Discorides.If the attribution to "Joannis Mesuae Damasceni" is correct, the author must be Yahya (= Yuhanna) ibn Masawaih al-Mardini (ca. 925-1015), known in the West as Mesue the younger.Provenance: 1) owners inscription in ink, dated 1636, struck through and difficult to decipher, on front paste-down; 2) another dated 21 August 1818, on back paste-down, also difficult to read; 3) 19th-century ink owners inscription of Arthur Rénaux on front paste-down. Occasional browning; an owners inscription(?) erased on the title-page with slight loss to authors name. Binding rubbed; hinges cracked and minor chips in the spine.l Baudrier IX, 176; Durling 3144; USTC 150499; Wellcome 4280; cf. Hirsch I, 171f; not in BMC STC French; for Mesue and the present works: Paula De Vos, "The Prince of Medicine: Yuhanna ibn Masawayh and the foundations of the Western pharmaceutical tradition", in: Isis, 104 (2013), pp. 667-712; Prioreschi, History of medicine, IV (Byzantine and Islamic), pp. 290-291.
ALBUM - DRAWINGS - BRAZIL].
Album with 27 beautiful original pencil drawings very faithfully rendered from nature, including landscapes, city and sea views, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Carioca aquaduct in Rio de Janeiro, bays, harbour, a cave, etc., 2 dated 1850 and 8 1852. Also included are 2 plates of the transporting of coffee by slaves and one portraying "jeu et danse des nègres" (all three before the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888).With an owners (or artists?) inscription on the front paste-down: "J. Terry, 1852". Binding slightly worn, foot of the spine damaged and some of the leather gone, some occasional spotting, but over all in good condition.l For a more detailed list of the drawings, please send us an inquiry.
MINERAL BATHS - BALNEOLOGY].
14; 497 ll.First edition of "the most complete collection of early writings on balneology" (Norman Library), incorporating texts on this subject from more than 70 classical, Arabic and contemporary authorities. Among them are Arabic authorities like Avicenna or Ibn Sina, Averroës and Avenzohar, but also (late) medieval) authorities like Guainerio, Gesner, Savanarola, Petrus de Abano, Maimonides, and classical authorites as Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny and Vitruvius. This collection of texts therefore offer not only a complete, both western and oriental, history of balneology from antiquity to the 16th-century and the therapeutic value of mineral baths, but also contains descriptions for more than 200 mineral baths, the then known watering-places. Some of the texts in this collection are only known from this edition. The work is beautifully illustrated with 5 full-page woodcuts, showing the floor plan for a thermal bath at Pozzuoli (f. 287), the waterwheel-driven pump used to raise water at the baths of Fideris in the Prätigau Valley in Switzerland (f. 295), a vivid view of the bath in Plombières-les-Bains in the Vosges, France, including their visitors (f. 299), a map of the Adriatic coast surrounding Trieste (f. 305) and a woodcut showing a Roman bath (f. 489). Added to this collection is Joannes Antonius Siccus's "De balneis compendium ex Hippocrate et Galeno", which seems to have been added while the book was on the press, because the text is printed after the word "Finis" and the colophon, after the table of contents and register for the whole work, in a new quire (3q).From the collection of Haskell F. Norman (1915-1996). Also with an owner's inscription of Antonio Orsetti on the first free endpaper and another owner's inscription struk through on the title-page, the latter owner also responsible for the marginal annotations throughout the work (some shaved). Binding only a little dust-soiled, some occasional spotting, foxing and some occasional small stains. The Norman copy of a rare collection of early accounts of thermal baths.l Adams D167; BM STC Italian, p. 363; Brunet I, col. 648 ("collection rare et recherchée"); Garrison & Morton 1986; Mortimer, Italian 214; Norman Library 113; Haskell F. Norman library of science and medicine, part I (Christie's New York, 18 March 1998), lot 29; Osler 1902; Wellcome I, 652.
MARITIME HISTORY - PIRACY - CLAES COMPAEN].
, 42 pp.Very rare 18th-century edition, in the original Dutch, of the history of the famous Dutch privateer Claes (or Claas) Compaen (sometimes also spelled as Compaan or Kompaan). Compaen (1587-1660), born at Oostzaan in the Netherlands, started his career as merchant, but soon became undoubtedly the most daring and notorious Dutch pirate of his day, especially active around ca. 1620. For three years, he hijacked ships in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and off the coasts of Africa, America and the West-Indies. It was first printed in 1659 and ran through more than a dozen editions to 1803, all with the main text set in a textura gothic type, in the later editions a sign that it was a popular book for a lower-class audience. All editions are very rare. The STCN records only two copies of the present edition, at the British Library and Amsterdam University, while WorldCat records only the electronic version made from the Amsterdam copy.With an owner's inscription of L. Horneman, dated 9 January 1973, written on the inside of the front wrapper. Paper edges slightly frayed, leaves somewhat browned, some water stains, but overall in good condition, unusually good for the genre. A very rare edition of a very popular chapbook account of one of the most famous pirates.l Buisman 124; Lunsford, Piracy and privateering in the golden age Netherlands (2005), pp. 161-163; Muller, America 2141; STCN (2 copies); cf. Buisman 112-129 (various eds.); Cat. NHSM II, p. 897 (1659 ed.); Gieles-Plak 21-26 (1675-1697 eds.); Mateboer 103-109 (1707-1781 eds.); Muller/De Vries/Scheepers 839-840 (1675 & 1785 eds.); Sabin 1501515016 (1663& 1685 eds.); Waller 218 (1732 ed.); WorldCat (1659-1803 eds.).
AUDENAERDE, Robert van, after Andrea MANTEGNA.
, 9 engraved ll.Complete series of 9 engraved prints by Robert van Audenaerde after Andrea Mantegna's paintings of Caesars triumphs, preceded by the title-print, commissioned by Cardinal Panciatico, with his arms at the foot of the title-print. Mantegna (1430/31-1506) created these paintings between 1484 and 1492 for the Ducal Palace in Mantua, commissioned by Duke Federico I Gonzago, or more likely his son Francesco II. They show the triumphal military parade celebrating Julius Caesar's victory in the Gallic Wars: a procession of Roman soldiers, musicians, exotic animals, war equipment and captives. These paintings are often acknowledged as Mantegnas greatest masterpiece, because they form the most complete pictorial representation of a Roman triumph. His paintings became very popular, also for engravers and printmakers, and many print series followed, including one from his own workshop. The present series by the Ghent engraver Robert van Audenaerde (1663-1743) is one of the most beautiful and gracious renderings of these paintings, with beautiful and highly detailed images. Paperboard folder a little worn, front hinge cracked, so that the front board is nearly detached, boards reinforced at some places with transparent tape. Each print with a vertical crease (hardly affecting the plates), a few with very small marginal tears, some plates with an occasional stain or slightly browned or dust-soiled, but otherwise in good condition.l Berlin Kat. 4060; Le Blanc, Manuel de lamateur destampes, Audenaerde 79-88 (p. 68); not in Hollstein.
[1 blank], , 143,  pp.Very rare last and most extensive edition of the first Western book on the cultivation of dwarf trees, extensively illustrated. All editions are very rare and this important and remarkably early account appears to have been wholly overlooked in the botanical, arbocultural and horticultural literature. "[Liegelsteiner] understands tree physiology like only a small minority of bonsai enthusiasts today" (Walter Pall). The technique he describes is exactly the traditional "Chinese" technique, and he explains in detail how, when and where to clip both roots and branches, advises transplanting trees regularly, notes correct and incorrect clipping techniques, gives instructions for correcting a lopsided tree, and for encouraging the bearing of tasty fruit. He also includes a chapter on training peach, apricot, plum and cherry trees on latticework, and an 8-page appendix (apparently new to this edition) on improving poor soil and enhancing wood growth. The 9-page "Vorrede" by an unidentified hortophile, also apparently new, gives valuable and detailed information about the introduction of the cultivation of dwarf trees to the European gardens.With a manuscript shelf(?) number on title-page, otherwise in very good condition. Endpapers browned, and binding slightly rubbed, but still good.l WorldCat (8 copies); cf. W. Pall, "Dwarf Trees of George Liegelsteiner", Bonsai Magazine III, pp. 38-39 (1725 ed.); not in Arnold Arboretum; BMC NH; Nissen; Pritzel; etc.
GIETERMAKER, Klaas Hendriksz.
Ad 1: , 106; 152, 8; 97; 98-120 pp. Ad 2: , [1 blank] pp. Ad 3: 39, [1 blank] pp.Ad 1: Highly popular work on the art of navigation by the Dutch mathematician Klaas Hendriksz. Gietermaker (1621-1699), first published in 1660. In 1661 Gietermaker was employed as examiner for new helmsmen for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The book discusses all the kinds of problems and difficulties the pupils had to solve at examinations and while piloting a ship. Ad 2: Second improved edition of a popular mathematical survey, containing tables of sines, tangents and secants, as well as logarithms, by the mathematician Bernardus Joannes Douwes (fl. 1775-1779). He first published it in 1775 and it was often bound together with other works on the art of navigation, for example the 't Vergulde licht der zee-vaard, but also frequently Steenstra's Grond-beginzels der stuurmans-kunst.Ad 3: Extremely rare and unrecorded treatise with the latitudes and longitudes of the most frequently visited locations at sea. In the second edition of Steentra's Grond-beginzels der stuurmanskunst (1779), this treatise is incorporated into the work, with a continuous pagination, in contrast to the present copy, where it has its own collation and pagination. Although works with more or less the same title, but with a different collation, can be found in some bibliographical works, the present edition of the Tafel van de lengte en breedte der meest bekende zee-plaatsen seems to be unrecorded.With a ballpoint owner's inscription ("P. Horneman. 14 November 1984") on the front paste-down. Binding worn around the spine, head of backstrip lacking, front hinge partly cracked. Edges of some leaves slightly browned, some of the outer margins of some folding tables and of the frontispiece in ad 1 slightly frayed, some margins a little water-stained, but overall in good condition. A highly interesting convolute with rare (editions of) mathematical works on the art of navigation.l Ad 1: Bierens de Haan 1657; Bom, Van Keulen, p. 26, p. 29; Crone Library 601; Hoogendoorn, GIE05.21; STCN (3 copies); cf. Cat. NSHM, p. 675 (8th edition, 1756). Ad 2: Bierens de Haan 1228; Bom, van Keulen, p. 32; Cat. NHSM, p. 679; Crone Library 622a/622b; STCN (5 copies). Ad 3: Not in STCN; WorldCat.
ARABIC-SCRIPT PRINTERS WOODBLOCK].
Woodblock with the Arabic title "Book of the Song of songs of Solomon" followed by a reference to the Hebrew title "Shir hashirim" (Song of songs) transcribed in Arabic, probably produced in the Ottoman regions of the Levant for a rural printing office. A rare survival of an 18th-century printers woodblock from the Islamic world, and also an important witness to cross-cultural printing for minority audiences in the Ottoman world. We include an inked impression of the block on 18th-century paper paper, clearly not printed recently, because it does not show the worm holes that now appear in the block. The text reads: "Safr Nishd al-nishad li-Süleyman waighal ba-lAbraniyat Shir hashirim".The inked impression of the woodblock is pasted to a piece cut out of a Croatian printed prayer book compiled by a Croatian Catholic in Bosnia, Rafo Bariic, Pasha duhovna (Spiritual pasture), on spirituality and Passover, first published at Rome in 1842.Some small wormholes in the wood, post-dating the print; the upper surface (printing side) of the block stained black from ink used for printing. Printers woodcuts such as this are often discarded or recycled and rarely survive in such good condition as the present example.l No relevant Arabic edition of the Song of songs in: Catalogue of Arabic printed books in the British Museum (cf. vol. 1, cols. 381-382: editions of 1869 and later); Google Books; KVK; Qatar Digital Library; WorldCat; for the Croatian prayer book: Knezovic Pavao, "Autorstvo Pae duhovne ", in: Nova prisutnost, 16 (2018), pp. 477-486 (with an English summary).
VIEWS - BRUSSELS AREA]. COLLAERT, Hans I [after Hans BOL or Jacob GRIMMER?].
 ll.Album with the complete series of Collaert's views around Brussels, here in its first unnumbered state, published by Hans van Luyck in Antwerp. Hans I Collaert (ca. 1525/30 - 1585) was a painter-draughtsman who founded the influential Collaert dynasty of engravers and print publishers. The views show villages, castles and abbeys in the vicinity of Brussels, engraved in a very naturalistic way. The series includes a view of the cloister of Zevenborren (south of Sint-Genesius-Rode), views of Schaarbeek, Elsene, Etterbeek, Stal, Eggevoort and Bosvoorde, and views of the some castles, including those of Brussels, Coensborg (south of Laken) and Carloo. Some references attribute the drawing of the views to Hans Bol because of an inscription added to the first plate of the later Visscher edition, but the "related drawings are not consistent with Bol's style" (New Hollstein). Others name Jacob Grimmer as an alternative candidate for the artist who drew the views.With a 20th-century manuscript inscription on the first free endleaf, mistakenly identifying the series as the second state published by Visscher, which is however numbered in the plates in contrast to the present series in an unnumbered first state. Binding slightly worn around the edges, some slight marginal foxing, stains, browning and soiling, but overall a beautiful album, complete and therefore rare with all the plates of Collaert's views around Brussels, here in its first state.l Hollstein IV, 149-172; New Hollstein, The Collaert dynasty V, 1229-1252; cf. New Hollstein, The Collaert dynasty I, pp. xlix-liii.
AL-SUYUTI, Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr.
, 179,  pp.First Latin translation of a three-part pharmacological treatise on the nature and effect of medicines gained from animals, vegetables, and minerals (including some quite superstitious material), published under the name of the mediaeval Egyptian polymath Abd al-Rahman Al-Suyuti, whose "versatility stands out as unique in the history of Arabic literature" (Brockelmann, GAL II, p. 144), but probably assembled from various Arabic sources. The first part, covering animals, is likely Al-Suyutis own "Diwan al-Hayawan", translated by Abraham Ecchellensis after a manuscript in Cardinal Mazarins library; the authors and manuscript sources of the following two parts remain unidentified. The notes at the end include a few words set in Greek, Hebrew, naskh Arabic and serto Syriac type. Sébastien Cramoisy had been appointed director of the Imprimerie Royale in 1640 and was assisted there by his younger brother Gabriel. Although the present book nowhere uses the words "Imprimerie Royale", it calls Cramoisy "Regis & Reginae Regentis Architypographum" and notes its royal privilege. The Arabic and Syriac type are probably those of Savary de Brèves, which he brought to Paris in 1614. In 1641, Cramoisy had bought matrices for roman and italic types cut by Jean Jannon in Sédan, later mistakenly attributed to Claude Garamont, but he appears never to have used the romans and here not even the italics. The book it therefore set mostly in types by Claude Garamont and Robert Granjon.18th-century French note on lower flyleaf; handwritten duplicate note and stamp on the title-page. Some browning; insignificant paper flaws in pp. 103-106, merely affecting the pagination; small edge tear in p. 151; chip in the foot margin of the second to last leaf (in the index, not touching the text).l Krivatsy 11586. Choulant 389. Wellcome II, 2. Ebert I, 9151. Krüger, Bibliographia botanica 35. Catalogue of the Library of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London 145.
NURSERY CATALOGUES - NETHERLANDS].
Rare historic nursery catalogues of 9 Dutch companies, mostly made for international trade. Included are 11 catalgues of Felix & Dijkhuis in Boskoop that offer material for garden architecture and examples of designs. The rest of the catalogues in the present collection were made specifically for foreign customers, such as Koster's 1911-1912 Ämerican edition" and Felix & Dijkhuis' 1938 "catalogue in 3 languages". The Old Farm Nurseries by H. den Ouden & Son was specifically aimed at the American market. Their Dutch catalogues appeared under their old name H. den Ouden and their English catalogues had the name The Old Farm Nurseries. The catalogues in the present collection offer apples, flowers, trees and seeds.Very rare, the digital database European Nursery Catalogue Collection does not list any catalgogue from these Dutch companies at all. The nurseriy catalogues included in the present collection are:Jan Boer & zoon in Boskoop. (1931-1932 in German); Felix & Dijkhuis in Boskoop, (1933, 1936, 1938 in English, French and German, 1941-1943, 1948-1961); H.B. Jacobs in Ermelo (1934); M. Koster & zonen in Boskoop, 1897-1898 (in German), 1911-1912 ("American edition" in English), 1950-1951; Fa. C. Kuijs Jnz. in Limmen (1940); The Old Farm Nurseries (H. den Ouden & Son) in Boskoop (1928-1931 in English), 1932-1933, 1935-1936, 1939-1940 (in English), 1951-1952, 1953-1954 (in English); Cornelis Ottolander & zoon in Gouda, 1859-1860 (in German), 1862-1863 (in French and German), 1863-1864 (in German); Van Velsen in Overveen 1898 (in German), 1904; Van der Vis & co. in Boskoop (1939-1940).Catalogues from before 1916 might have been part of the famous E.H. Krelage collection. All catalogues were deduplicated from the library of the Wageningen University & Research. Occasionally slightly soiled, foxed or frayed. Otherwise in good condition.l Not in European Nursery Catalogue Collection; Iwasa.
DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE].
, [3 blank] pp.Rare second or third edition of the German translation of an anti-Alva, anti-Spain pamphlet written by the nobility of Holland and representatives of its cities, addressed to the States (in Dutch "Staten", the provincial governments) of and all magistrates in the seventeen provinces of the Low Countries, promulgated at Delft on 12 September 1573 (as noted at the end of the text), but not printed even in the original Dutch before 2 October 1573, when William the Silent, Prince of Orange, wrote to his brothers that the pamphlet was being printed (Groen van Prinsteren). That is just before Alva was dismissed on 19 October and left the country on 18 December 1573. The text was first published in Dutch: [Delft, Aelbrecht Hendricksz., October] 1573 (TB 1289, Knuttel 210) and soon after: Dordrecht, [Jan Canin], 1573 (TB 1290, Knuttel 211), both under the title: Copie eens Sendtbriefs der Ridderschap, Edelen ende Steden van Hollandt aen die Staten vanden Landen van Herwaerts overe hough it has sometimes been supposed it was printed in Delft, it seems more likely to have been printed in Germany, so that it does not appear in Valkema Blouw, Typographia Batava or the various pamphlet catalogues. There appears to be only one copy in the Netherlands, at Utrecht University Library.Blind stamp on the title-page. Apart from some browning, a very good copy of an important but little-known pamphlet.l USTC 608308 (3 copies); VD16, N1634 (same 3 copies; cf. N1632-33); WorldCat 257783005, 630546807, 837235844, 730242093 (6 copies including the same 3; 1130127579 links to images of an Utrecht UL copy); cf. Groen van Prinsteren, Archives, 4, p. 215 (1573 Dutch ed.); Knuttel 212 (1573 German ed.), Picarta (1573 German ed.); TB 1289-1290 (1573 Dutch eds.); Wagenaar, Vaderlandsche historie 6, pp. 452-453 (Dutch ed.).
, 209, , [1 blank] pp.The 1672 reissue of the first (1657) edition of the famous military Commentaries by Sir Francis Vere (1560-1609), one of the greatest military commanders of his time, in active service in the Netherlands from 1585.The present copy preserves both the new 1672 title-page and the original 1657 title-page, which was probably supposed to be cancelled. Working in close co-operation with the Dutch forces under Prince Maurice of Orange, he secured the Dutch Republic step by step, helping it win independence from Spain. After James I made peace with Spain, Vere retired from active service, and spent the rest of his life in the country in England, occupying himself with the compilation of his Commentaries, written at the height of action. The style is straightforward and soldier-like, and the comments are sound and most valuable, full of interesting details and military information not easily found elsewhere.We have not had the opportunity to directly compare the two 1657 versions of the Commentaries, but from the literature they seem likely to be two issues of a single edition, reimposed to make both a folio (ESTC R219854) and a 4to (R14801) issue.With two bookplates on the inside front board. First 3 leaves loose and restaured; several plates with restorations or tears, but still in good condition.l ESTC R219854 (1657) & R9929 (1672); Hazlitt I, 437; Wing V 240 (1657) & V240A (1672).
Collection of 32 broadsheets, historical prints and portraits concerning the Dutch Stadtholder Willem V and his wife, Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia, made from 1748 to 1806. The collection includes prints issued for his birth on 8 March 1748, his baptism on 11 April 1748, his eighth birthday in 1756, the restauration of the position of Stadtholder after the failed revolution of 1787, the birthday of Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia and a portrait of her, among a lot of other historical prints and portraits.William V, Prince of Orange and Nassau was born in The Hague on 8 March 1748 as the son of Stadtholder William IV and baptized on 11 April 1748. He was only 3 years old when his father died in 1751 and a long regency began under: (1) Dowager Princess Anne, his mother to her death in 1759; (2) Dowager Princess Marie Louise, his grandmother, from 1759 to her death in 1765; (3) Duke Louis Ernest of Brunswich-Lüneburg, from 1759 to 1766, who continued to serve as a private counsellor, in accordance with the Acte van Consulentschap, until October 1784; (4) Princess Carolina, his sister, who at the time was an adult aged 22, while William was still a minor of 17, from 1765 to Williams majority on 8 March 1766. William V was the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic of the Seven United Provinces (The Netherlands), fleeing to England when his government was toppled and the popular Batavian Republic established with support from the French Revolutionary army in 1795. He died in exile on 9 April 1806.On 4 October 1767 Prince William married Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia in Berlin. She was the daughter of August Wilhelm of Prussia and the niece of the famous King of Prussia Frederick II.Overall in good condition.l Please send us an inquiry for a detailed list of contents.
14, 210, [1 blank], 7, 190 pp.An important first-hand account of relations between the Porte and central Europe as well as the wider political events during the second half of the 18th century. Written in Turkish (set in a Naskh Arabic type) by the Baghdad-born diplomat Ahmed Vasif Effendi and also known as "Vasif Tarihi" ("Vasifs History"), it forms one of the most important works of Ottoman political history for the period between 1754 and 1774, when the author actively participated in the world of diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire, on the Balkans, in Russia and in Vienna. Vasif was known for his quick temper and was later described by the German orientalist Franz Babinger as "vain, stingy, jealous, and excessively vicious" (cf. p. 336). His text was left unfinished after a dispute with the Istanbul-based press of Rasid Efendi, which Vasif himself had helped establish, and it was completed by Sadullah Enveri (d. 1794), who himself had participated in the military events described. He is remembered for establishing modern Egypt as an independent country.With the label of the 19th-century bookseller Benjamin Duprat, Paris, on the front paste-down. Later the book was owned by the Iraqi architect Mohamed Makiya (2015). With old pencil and ink annotations on the endpapers. Binding a little worn with some scratches, interior of the book clean with sporadic old stains. A copy in contemporary calf, bound in Bulaq itself, surviving in very good condition.l Özege V, 22519; WorldCat 949617481, 777193206, 320228577, , 600848792 (4 copies); cf. Ethan L. Menchinger, The first of the modern Ottomans: the intellectual history of Ahmed Vasif (2017); Franz Babinger, Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke (1927), pp. 335-337.
ROGHMAN, Roeland; Jacobus SCHYNVOET.
 pp.,  engraved ll.Very rare second separate edition of a series of sixty views of ruins, castles and noble residences, drawn mostly by Roeland Roghman (Rochman), engraved by Jacob Schynvoet and first published in 1711. Most are in the province of Holland, but some come from other parts of the Netherlands. Each view has a panel at the foot with the title, often on a scroll or drapery. Schynvoet signed most with only his initials, but one that he drew himself he signed, "J. Schynvoet ad Vivum del. et fec." One caption indicates that the building no longer existed when the plate was engraved. The views are bound in alphabetical order by the name of the house or the place where it is located, as indicated by the list of plates, but fifteen of the views are lettered A-P at lower right, indicating a different order.These 60 views appeared earlier in Ludolf Smids, Schatkamer der Nederlandse Oudheden (Amsterdam 1711), by the same publisher, and in its later editions. The first separate publication of the plates appeared in 1715 at Amsterdam, with no letterpress other than a title-page and a list of the plates, and appears to be extremely rare (1 copy in STCN). The present second edition is nearly as rare (4 copies in STCN).Binding slightly warped and soiled, otherwise in very good condition.l STCN (4 copies); cf. W.Th. Kloek, De kasteeltekeningen van Roelant Roghman II; Tiele, Volkenkunde 1011 (1711 Schatkamer); not in Bartsch; Hollstein.
SONGBOOK - DUTCH].
, 96; , 1, 4-24 pp.Rare fourth edition (the second to include the new early work of Hoofd and Vondel) of one of the most important and rarest Dutch songbooks, published for the "jeunesse dorée". Songbooks were a very popular genre in the Netherlands during the last quarter of the 16th and first of the 17th centuries - the beginning of the Dutch golden age. These songbooks were mostly printed in oblong format, and were undoubtedly connected with the new genre of the love-emblem book, so characteristic for the new Dutch Republic.The songbook originally contained 63 songs, 24 short poetical texts ("entremets"), 2 madrigals and 1 sonnet, plus the Bruylofts-bancket by Michiel Vlacq from Gouda. The book does not name the authors of the songs, but most sign them with their mottos, some identified as leading Amsterdam rhetoricians. Some of the "entremets" are by the famous poets Roemer Visscher and Hendrick Laurensz. Spieghel.Among the songs and poems that Dirck Pietersz. Pers added in the third and fourth editions, moreover, are four poems by the young Pieter Cornelisz. Hooft (1581-16470 and at least three by the young Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679), as well as two by Karel van Mander and translations of two Pierre de Ronsard poems by Jacob van der Schuere. The beautiful large engraving that appears on both title-pages shows a company making music and drinking wine in a bower in a garden. At least on the second title-page it represents a wedding feast. It was drawn by the painter and engraver David Vinckboons (1576-1633) from Malines (Mechelen), who moved to Antwerp in 1579 and to Amsterdam in 1591, and is signed with his monogram, "DVB inv:". The 9 half-page engravings (13 x 9 cm) show courting couples probably by the same artist and were commissioned especially for the 1602 Nieuwen Lust-hof (one plate is new in the third and fourth editions). They have sometimes been attributed to Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587-1637), but he would have been only about 15 years old when they appeared.The spectacular binding is by the leading Brussels bookbinder Charles De Samblanx (1855-1943), apprenticed to J. Dubois dEnghien, set up as senior partner with Jacques Weckesser in 1882 then on his own in 1909. "Son uvre, extrêmement abondant et varié, offrait dans tous les genres des spécimens remarquables. Il avait contribué, pour une large part, à maintenir dans notre pays l'art de la reliure au niveau élevé où l'avaient porté nos bons relieurs des périodes romantique et Second Empire" (Dubois dEnghien).Fine copy of a rare and important songbook, in a beautiful bibliophile red morocco binding (1921); from the library of the famous book collector General Jacques Willems.l Carter & Vervliet, Civilité types 309; H. de la Fontaine Verwey, Uit de wereld van het boek II, p. 63; Hollstein XXXVII (David Vinckboons), p. 34; A.A. Keersmaekers, Wandelend in den Nieuwen Lust-hof (1985), passim; Leendertz, Bibl. Hooft 193; Scheurleer, Liedboeken I, p. 137; Scheepers I, 295 ("Een der zeldzaamste Nederl. liedboeken"; STCN (7 copies); Unger, Bibl. Vondel, p. 156; Cat. Vondeltentoonstelling 157; for the binder: Laurence Delsaux, Charles De Samblanx & Jacques Weckesser, relieurs (1992), pp. 7-12 & passim; H. Dubois dEnghien, La reliure en Belgique au 19e siècle, pp. 147-152; Sorgeloos & Wittock, Quatre siecles de reliure en Belgique 1500-1900, III, 171-172.
ROEMER, Johann Jakob.
, [1 blank], 184 pp.First edition of a botanical work on Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian plants, being a collection of botanical texts of De Asso y del Río, Linnaeus and Vandelli compiled by the Swiss botanist Johann Jakob Romer (1763-1819), who was professor of botany in Zürich and director of the botanical garden of the Naturforschende Gesellschaft Zürich. This compilation of botanical works on Brazil, Spain and Portugal opens with a text on the botany of Aragon, Spain, titled Enumeratio stirpium in Aragonia noviter detectarum, written by the Spanish diplomat Ignacio Jordán Claudio de Asso y del Río (1742-1814). He published works on the botany, zoology and mineralogy of this Spanish region.The Sciptores contains 8 folding plates, bound at the end of the work, illustrating some of the plants mentioned in all the works and engraved for this edition. The work is very rare. We could not trace it at any auction since 1953.With the bookplate of the Bibliothèque de l'Herbier Boissier and a printed label of this library, both on the front paste-down, the latter stating that the book was deaccessioned as a library duplicate. Binding a little worn, edges of the plates a little frayed, a small hole in pp. 95-96 not affecting the text. Otherwise in very good condition. A very rare work on Iberian and Brazilian botany.l Hunt II, 745; Pritzel 7709; Sabin 72597; Stafleu & Cowan 9403; not in Borba de Moraes; Nissen BBI.
RANOUW, Willem van.
, 176, , 552, ; , 564, ; , 562, ; 570, ; 570; ; , 176, , 191-380, , 563, ; , 183, , 1-192, 1-192, ; , 176, 1-191, , , 1-151, ; , 690 pp.Complete set of a rare and interesting 9-volume scientific periodical devoted to the latest developments in all sciences, including their practical applications in the various crafts and professions. It appeared in bimonthly parts that were combined in 8 volumes and an index, totalling 21 parts. The Dutch physician Willem van Ranouw (1670-1723) initiated the project to make a selection of the most interesting and important recent foreign scientific texts available for Dutch craftsmen, who would benefit from the practical application of new scientific discoveries. Ranouw translated these texts himself and sometimes added some of his own writing.Several folding engraved plates illustrate all kinds of machines, crafts and natural history specimens. One folding plate depicts a workshop where gold wire is made (the only plate that is signed: Jan Wandelaar), multiple plates show mining technology. Other plates show sugar cane, several shells, plants and insects. A long part describes and illustrates the production of sugar. Some of the other subjects discussed include cacao, tea, quinine, indigo, astronomy, geology, amber, coral, minerals, horticulture and much more. The 4 folding maps show the Caucasus, the Baltic Sea, the Arabian Peninsula (including Bahrain) and the Holy Land.The first volume of the present set is a curious edition, not listed in the STCN: the title-page calls it the "second edition", with imprint: Amsterdam, Balthasar Lakeman, 1730. The other eight volumes (2-9) are first editions. Some repaired tears in plates and maps, a crack in the spine of volume 1 and volume 9 (index) rebacked. Otherwise in very good condition.l Cobres, I, p. 30; Delprat, Ned. geneesk. tijdschriften, pp. 18-21; Encyclopedie Nederlandstalige tijdschriften (www.ent1815.nl); H. Beukers, "De tijdschriften van Willem van Ranouw", in: Nederlandsch tijdschrift voor geneeskunde 125 (1981), pp. 1613-1617; not in Blake; Nissen; Pritzel; for the author: C.W. Schoneveld, 't Word grooter plas: maar niet zo 't was: Nederlandse beschouwingen over vertalen 1670-1760, in: Vertaalhistorie, 3 (1992).