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Photographs of Egypt. A nice collection of 56 photos, all mounted on loose sheets, c. 1880, size photos mostly 240 x 180 mm; most photographs with manuscript descriptions in Italian at bottom of the sheet (some photos faded). An uncommon ensemble as containing many photos depicting local characters, like several Bedouins (portrayed in different life scenes, in group with their camels, while they smoke, others in front of a café, in the desert), then a walking kitchen, an Arab school, a group of fellahs, two beggars, an Arab woman with her small child on shoulders, a young woman in her daily dress, street vendors and some mosques, graves of the Mamluks etc., and a nice portrait of Isma’il Pascià (1830–1895).

Preis: 1500,- EUR

 

Leti, Gregorio (1630–1701). Teatro Belgico, o vero Ritratti historici, cronologici, politici e geografici, delle sette Provincie Unite. Amsterdam, W. de Jonge, 1690. 4to cm 29.5 x 22.5 cm), 2 vols in contemporary dutch vellum with manuscript title on spine, some browning due to the quality of the paper, as usual. Pp. (12), 168 pp., 169–176 lvs., 177–472, (12) pp.; (8), 488, (16) pp. With 2 engraved titles, engraved portrait of the author., 123 text-engravings. (29 full-p.) and 82 engr. plates/plans, for the greater part folding.
First edition of the most illustrated non-atlas work about Low Countries. NBG 29–30, 1012: „Gregorio Leti, second historien et libelliste protestant italien, ne a Milan, le 29 mai 1630, mort a Amsterdam, le 9 juin 1701.“. With i.a. beautiful bird’s eye plans/views of Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Batavia, Delft, Den Haag, Deventer, Dordrecht, Gouda, Groningen, Haarlem, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Maastricht, Middelburg, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Vlissingen, but also abroad, like Gibraltar, Batavia (Jacarta) and San Salvador, and numerous smaller places, sieges, and a stranded whale in Katwijk etc. Graesse IV, 183; Haitsma Mulier/v.d. Lem, 294i; Van Eeghen/v.d. Kellen, 185; not in Klaversma/Hannema.

Preis: 8500,- EUR

 

(De) Veer, Gerrit. Vraye description de trois voyages de mer tres admirables, faits en trois ans, a chacun an un, par les navires d’Hollande et Zelande au Nord par derriere Norwege, Moscovie et Tartarie, vers les royaumes de China et Catay. Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1609. Folio (the leaf 330 x 230 mm), modern red morocco in the style of Bozerian, golden border on covers, generally a well-preserved copy, with wide margins. Engraved vignette at title, altogether 44 leaves widely illustrated with 30 half-page engraved illustrations and maps and one full-page map in the text by Baptista van Doetechum.
Third French edition (the first in 1598, then in 1604) of De Veer’s dramatically-illustrated account of Barents’s three polar voyages. Although de Veer only accompanied Barents on his second and third voyages (probably as second mate), his work gives accounts of Barents’s three expeditions of 1594, 1595, and 1596–1597, to search for a North-East Passage. Of these three voyages, the most remarkable was the third, which is considered one of the greatest feats of Polar exploration: „Barents began by attempting to sail directly across the Pole. Though he was blocked by the pack ice, along the way he became the first European to make contact with the Spitsbergen Islands. Steering back for Nova Zembla, the Dutch passed the farthest point they had reached on their first voyage in 1594, and pressed on around the northern tip of the island. Here their ship was crushed in the ice, and the crew was forced to wait out the arctic winter. It was a winter of great misery, during which a number of the crew froze to death and several were eaten by polar bears […] When the summer ice failed to release his ship, Barents directed the remaining members of his crew in a difficult voyage in an open boat; he died before they reached safety in Russian territory“ (Hill 1764). Veer’s work was first published in Dutch under the title „Waerachtige beschryvinghe van drie seylagien“ (Amsterdam: 1598), and such was the work’s popularity that in the same year, Latin and French editions were published in Amsterdam by Cornille Nicolas and a German edition at Nuremberg, followed by an Italian edition published in Venice in 1599. BL Low Countries 1601–1621, V29; Tiele 1131 (note).

Preis: 15000,- EUR

 

Turkish and arabic costumes. An untitled mid-18th cent. plates-book, small in 8vo (the leaf 134 x 90 mm), original pink-orange wrappers, containing an ensemble of 13 engraved plates (1 folding), depicting several characters, i. e.: ‚La sultane asseki ou Sultane reine‘, ‚le Moufti ou chef de la loi‘, ‚Tchinguis ou danseuse Turquie‘, ‚Imam, ministre d‘un mosquee’, … (some Turks depicted when they are praying in the Mosque), ‚Emir chef des descendants de Mahomet‘, ‚Effendi, homme de loy dans son etude‘, ‚Amant Turc qui se cicatrise le bras devant sa metresse por prevue de son amour‘, and folding plate depicting the Mecca temple with the Ka’ba. Text engraved at the foot of the page, in French and Italian. Ownership entry recording the purchase in 1752. Apparently bibliographically unknown.

Preis: 1000,- EUR

 

 

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