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LES TROIS ISLETS
CHINA IN PRINT 2015
Hong-Kong Maritime Museum - November 20-21-22
29. LAPLACE (CAPITAINE C. ). [ATLAS HISTORIQUE] VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONDE PAR LES MERS DE L'INDE ET DE CHINE [Paris, 1833.] 1 vol. infolio, historical atlas, 69 numbered plates printed in sepia
Librairie Ancienne des Trois Islets
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Travels & Explorations, Maritime & Sciences, Miniatures books & Varia.
1. [ARTISANAT CHINOIS. AQUARELLES]. [CHINESE ARTCRAFT. W ATERCOLORS]. -TYPES
PEINTS SUR PULPE DE MÛRIER. [CHINESE TYPES ON PITH PAPER]. [Chine, ca. 1850].
Three boxes (1: 132 x 88 mm., 2: 111 x 75 mm.) with 9, 7 and 6 watercolors on pith paper. (Total: 22 watercolors).
Cardboard box and slipcase, containing the three boxes with a wood stick to separate the leaves. Lovely set with 22
watercolours featuring Chinese types. In very fine condition, the fragile watercolors are presented in ancient cardboard
boxes with a glass top. Each painting features a full lenght portrait: soldiers, elegant ladies, craftsmen, kids, etc. Delicate
$ 20 625,00
2. BARROW (JOHN). -VOYAGE À LA CONCHINCHINE, PAR LES ÎLES DE MADÈRE, DE TENERIFFE, ET DU CAP VERD, LE
BRÉSIL ET L'ÎLE DE JAVA, CONTENANT DES RENSEIGNEMENTS NOUVEAUX ET AUTHENTIQUES SUR L'ÉTAT NATUREL ET CIVIL
DE CES DIVERS PAYS : ACCOMPAGNÉ DE LA RELATION OFFICIELLE D'UN VOYAGE AU PAYS DES BOUSHOUANAS À L'INTÉRIEUR
DE L'AFRIQUE AUSTRALE... TRADUIT DE L'ANGLAIS AVEC DES NOTES ET ADDITIONS PAR MALTE-BRUN. AVEC UN ATLAS DE
18 PLANCHES GRAVÉES EN TAILLE-DOUCE PAR TARDIEU. Paris, Buisson, 1807.
2 text vol. 8vo and 1 atlas vol. 4to. 18 maps and plates (2 handcoloured). Contemporary cardbords. Scarce first french
edition of this work by Sir John Barrow (1764-1849), a relation of his travel with Lord McCartney in China and in South
Africa. Fine copy of this nicely illustrated work.
$ 20 625,00
JOSEPH) -LA CHINE EN MINIATURE, OU
CHOIX DE COSTUMES, ARTS ET MÉTIERS
DE CET EMPIRE, REPRÉSENTÉS PAR 74
GRAVURES, LA PLUPART D'APRÈS LES
ORIGINAUX INÉDITS DE CABINET DU FEU
M. BERTIN, MINISTRE ; ACCOMPAGNÉES
DE NOTICES EXPLICATIVES, HISTORIQUES
ET LITTÉRAIRES. Paris, Nepveu, 1811.
4 vols. 16mo. 4 frontispieces, 76
engraved plates. Contemporary full
sheep. First Edition. The present
volumes contains eighty plates (including the frontispieces). The images cover the whole range of Chinese society,
especially tradesmen. Particularly interesting are the numerous depictions of itinerant salesmen and craftsmen with
ingenious methods of transporting their inventories and machinery. The industrious author produced similar tours of
Russia, Egypt & Syria, Spain & Portugal, and Japan. Fine copy of this remarkably illustrated work.
$ 14 850,00
4. [CHINA/ IMPERIAL COURT]. -ALBUM DE PHOTOGRAPHIES DE L'EMPEREUR ET DE SA COUR COSTUMES
TRADITIONNELS. [Chine, SD. Circa 1930] Rare set of photographs of Aixinjueluo Puyi (1906 - 1967) who was the
twelfth and last emperor of the Qing Dynasty , his wife , his mother and members of the imperial court including: three
portraits of young girl (two foot, a bust ), two portraits of seated women (one in a luxurious interior ), two group portraits
( one reconstructed in a natural setting in the studio ) . The subjects of the seven portraits are dressed in traditional
costumes. The last picture shows the young imperial couple dressed western . The album is completed with a
representation of a rich interior , and a scene where a young girl is seen carried on a palanquin surrounded by many men.
$ 9 900,00
5. [COLEBROOKE (HENRI THOMAS).] -SUR
LES ÎLES ANDAMANS. Sans lieu ni nom, ca. 1805. 1 vol. folio. 16
manuscript pp. Preparatory work for a study on Andamans Islands, probably intended to the Recherches asiatique,
French edition of the translation of the paper by Labaume. It is based on the work of Henri Thomas Colebrooke (17651837). In this work, he treates topography, geology, ornithology, anthropology and linguistic aspects of these islands of
Indian Ocean. Fine copy.
$ 4 950,00
DE TEXTES RÉGLEMENTANT LA GESTION DES FORÊTS
COCHINCHINE. / Saïgon & Hanoï. 13 parts in 1 vol. 8vo. Contemporary quarter red morocco. Interesting collection
of 13 texts printed from 1894 to 1905, in Saïgon and Hanoï, and manuscripts, regarding the rules and management of the
forrests in Cochinchina. Fine set.
$ 4 950,00
7. FAGON (ALLAIN). [PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM]. -CAMPAGNE DE CHINE. 1927-1930.
1 vol. oblong 8vo. 289 silver pictures. Original black cardboards. Beautiful photographic album, with pictures taken
between 1927 and 1930, during travels in China, Vietnam, Japan and Corea and gathered by Allain Fagon. The pictures
depicting groups and landscape views (Hong-Kong), as well as scenes.
$ 20 625,00
8. [GERVAISE (NICOLAS)]. -DESCRIPTION
Hilaire Foucault, 1688.
DIVISÉE EN TROIS LIVRES.
1 vol. 12mo. Manuscript ex-libris. Contemporary calf. Scarce original edition of this work, the most complete on Makasar,
now known as the island Sulawesi (Celebes) in the Indonesian archipelago, written by Nicolas Gervaise (1662-1729) who
was priest in Siam and then in America. Gervaise went as a missionary to the kingdom of Siam and stayed there for four
years, investigating the religion, customs, literature and history of its inhabitants. He published his findings in his Histoire
naturelle et politique du royaume de Siam, and in the present work, both appearing in 1688.
$ 9 900,00
9. GUIGNES (CHRÉTIEN-LOUIS). -DICTIONNAIRE CHINOIS, FRANÇAIS ET LATIN, PUBLIÉ D'APRÈS L'ORDRE DE SA MAJESTÉ
L'EMPEREUR ET ROI NAPOLÉON LE GRAND ; PAR M. DE GUIGNES, RÉSIDENT DE FRANCE À LA CHINE, ATTACHÉ AU
MINISTÈRE DES RELATIONS EXTÉRIEURES, CORRESPONDANT DE LA PREMIÈRE ET DE LA TROISIÈME CLASSE DE L'INSTITUT. A
Paris, de l'Imprimerie impériale, 1813.
1 vol. folio. Ancient half vellum. First edition of this important work, the first dictionary of this kind published in France
and an important work in the development of Western scholarship on China. Although given no credit in the book, the
dictionary is actually a re-edit of work compiled by the Franciscan friar, Basilio de Glemona Brollo (1648-1704) during his
thirty years of missionary work in China in the seventeenth-century. His work was considered among the finest of the
Missionary lexicons. Chretien-Louis-Joseph de Guignes (1759-1845), listed on the title-page as the sole author, was in fact
only responsible for the editing and the French translations of the ideograms. The dictionary is an impressive piece of
typography containing over 13,000 woodcut Chinese characters. Fine copy.
$ 74 250,00
10. GUIGNES (CHRÉTIEN-LOUIS JOSEPH DE). -[VOYAGE À PÉKIN, MANILLE ET L'ÎLE DE FRANCE. COLLECTION OF
PLATES]. [Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1808]. 1 set oblong 4to oblong. Fine collection of plates and maps from the
famous work by Chrétien Joseph de Guignes (1759-1845). Son of the noted sinologist Joseph de Guignes, Chrétien Louis
Joseph, spent 17 years in China (1784-1801) as Resident of France in China, and consul in Canton. He also accompanied
the Dutch Embassy in Peking (1794-95). The views of the present atlas were mainly drawn by Guignes during this travel
from Canton to Peking. It includes fine maps of china, Macao and Manilla.
$ 16 500,00
11. GUIGNES (CHRÉTIEN LOUIS JOSEPH DE). -VOYAGES À PEKING, MANILLE ET L'ÎLE DE FRANCE, FAITS DANS
L'INTERVALLE DES ANNÉES 1784 À 1801, PAR M. DE GUIGNES, RÉSIDENT DE FRANCE À LA CHINE, ATTACHÉ AU
MINISTÈRE DES RELATIONS EXTÉRIEURES, CORRESPONDANT DE LA PREMIÈRE ET DE LA TROISIÈME CLASSE DE L'INSTITUT. A
Paris, De l'Imprimerie Impériale. M. DCCC. VIII. 1808
3 vol. 8vo. Complit set of the Text of the famous work by Chrétien Joseph de Guignes (1759-1845). Son of the noted
sinologist Joseph de Guignes, Chrétien Louis Joseph, spent 17 years in China (1784-1801) as Resident of France in China,
and consul in Canton. He also accompanied the Dutch Embassy in Peking (1794-95).
$ 9 900,00
12. [HU SHI. NAUCK (ERNST GEORGE)]. [PHOTO ALBUM] -[TRAVEL IN FAR EAST AND CHINA: VIEWS,
& PERSONAL PICTURES FROM NANKING, SHANGHAI, NAPO, HONG-KONG, CANTON, MACAU, VIETNAM,
ETC. / VOYAGE EN EXTRÊME-ORIENT ET EN CHINE : VUES, IMAGES ETHNOGRAPHIQUES ET PERSONNELLES DE NANKING,
SHANGHAÏ, NAPO, HONG-KONG, CANTON, MACAU.]. Ca. 1924-1927.
1 vol. oblong folio. 26 ll. with 269 images (mostly original photographs, a few postcards, 100 x 150 mm. to 80 x 110 mm.).
2 original brown jackets from “Kai Chong & Co” (Macao) and “Mei Young” (Shanghai) photography studio. Quarter
black cloth (beginning of 20th century). Exceptional set giving a very rich iconography of China and Far East for the first
half of 20th century, featuring some portraits of Hu Shih. 58 photographs are captioned in Chinese and English (10 x 15
cm.) and depict various sites in Chinese countryside and some portraits with craftsmen working which are very interesting.
The rest of the pictures were taken and collected by a German scientist who regularly appears on the photographs. His
trip took him to Shanghai, Nanking, Macao, Hong Kong, and Peking. To the pictures of landscapes, famous buildings,
and touristic sites, are added several nice portraits of him with scientist
fellows both European (German) and Asiatic. Among them, are German
scientists from the Hamburg Tropen Institute (BNI for tropical medicine)
who worked at the Tongshi University and at Peking Union Medical
College (including Dr Nauck, and Kessler). Several pictures are portraits
of Hu Shih, famous Chinese philosopher, essayist and diplomat. Hu is
widely recognized today as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and
language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese.
He was influential in the May Fourth Movement, one of the leaders of
China's New Culture Movement, was a president of Peking University.
The photographer of the present set also appears on pictures with
strangers, mostly Chinese countrymen, and children. We find also
numerous portraits of groups of people from the remote China with
ethnic minorities, as well as street scenes (from Hong Kong) that are of
important ethnographic interest. The original manuscript captions on the
back of the pictures have been copied below the images. Fine album.
$ 90 750,00
13. [INDE]. -[ENSEMBLE DE
MICA]. [Inde, circa 1840-50].
GOUACHES ORIGINALES SUR PAPIER ET SUR
1 vol. 8vo. 12 gouaches (6 with gold), 65 coloured paintings on mica
mounted in frames. Contemporary shagreen. Rare album gathering
entitled gouaches and Indian sketches on mica. All illustrations are richly
coloured and the book offers a vivid and poetic representation of 19th
century India. Remarkable example of these traditional Indian works.
$ 56 100,00
14. KYOKUTO TSU SHINSHA. -BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE FAR EAST. KYOKUTO¯ TAIKAN.
[PHOTOGRAPHIES IMPRIMEES / PRINTED PHOTOS]. Tokyo : Kyokutô Tsû shinsha, Taishô 9 [ca.
1 vol. oblong folio. 149 collotype plates, 9
double-pages panoramas (5 folding). Original
Japanese silk binding, labels in English and
Japanese on upper cover. Only edition of this
remarkable collection of photographic views,
depicting China, Manchuria and islands of the
South Sea. The pictures depict antique buildings
and classical Chinese architecture, with
references to painters and poets, landscapes,
cities (Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanking, Yueyang,
Yichang, Hsiaokushan, Tayeh, Zhenjiang,
Jiuiang, Hanyang, Guizhou, Beijing), railways
and harbours, etc. Fine copy of this scarce work
that offers very rich iconography of China at the
beginning of the 20th century.
$ 99 000,00
14-bis. BRETON DE LA MARTINIERE (JEAN-BAPTISTE
JOSEPH). -LA RUSSIE, OU MOEURS, USAGES ET COSTUMES DES
HABITANS DE TOUTES PROVINCES DE CET EMPIRE. A Paris, Nepveu,
Passage des Panoramas, n°26, 1813. 6 vols. 16mo. 111 plates, all in
contemporary colours but 5. Contemporary pink boards. Untrimmed
copy. First edition of one of the most remarkable works of the Nepveu
collection, dedicated to Russia and illustrated with 111 plates. This little
book is a learned compilation by Breton of the better contemporary
sources on Russia. It is illustrated with plates from original and
unpublished drawings. Given the few informations on Russia available in
Europe, this work was one of the best source of the period. It was
published short after, but prepared before the great fire of Moscow in
1812, and so it gives numerous details which disappeared during this
event. Very pleasant untrimmed copy.
$ 53 900
15. [LIVRE DE PHOTOGRAPHIES].
-ALBUM CHINOIS. Sans lieu, ni nom, avant
1 vol. 4to.  l., 41 albumen prints.
Contemporary black buckram. Very rare
work, plainly entitled: “Album chinois”, one
of the first examples of a work illustrated with
photographs depicting Chinese subjects,
published in Europe. That is also an
important document for the resurgence of the
Jesuit Missions in China in 19th century. It is
composed of 41 albumen prints, 17 of which
are from original photographic portraits, taken
by the Missionaries: 8 portraits of Jesuits, 8
striking portraits of Chinese types; the others
being reproductions of engravings or
paintings, illustrating the Chinese history.
Only two copies are referenced by World Cat
(BnF and Getty). The BnF dates the copy between 1850 and 1870, but a copy was discovered with a bookplate belonging
to a man who died in 1857. Furthermore, one of the portraits, Father Borgniet, who was bishop of Shanghai between
1856 and 1862, and who appears here as a bishop, allows to be more precise and dates the publication between 1856 and
1857. Fine copy of this rare work, containing very early photographs of China.
$ 53 625,00
16. MAFFEI (GIOVANNI PIETRO). -RERUM A SOCIETATE JESU IN ORIENTE GESTARUM VOLUMEN, CONTINENS HISTORIAM
IUCUNDAM LECTU OMNIBUS CHRISTIANIS, PRAESERTIMŸS, QUIBUS VERA RELIGIO EST CORDI. IN QUA VIDERE POSSUNT,
QUOMODO NUNQUAM DEUS ECCLESIAM SUAM DEFERAT, & IN LOCUM DEFICIENTIUM A VERA FIDE, INNUMEROS ALIOS IN
ABDITISSIMIUS ETIAM REGIONIBUS SUBSTITUAT. Cologne, G. Calenius, 1574.
1 vol. 8vo. Woodcut vignette on title, several large historiated woodcut initials, 5-pages of woodcut Japanese characters.
Contemporary limp vellum. Fourth expanded edition. One of the most important compilations of letters relating to the
early Jesuit mission in the Far East between 1548 and 1571, including 43 relating to Japan written by St. Francis Xavier
(two, one of which dated November 1549 from Kagoshima on his arrival in Japan), Frois, Almeida, Vilela and others
which provide invaluable details on Japanese culture and customs. The “Specimen quoddam litterarum vocumque
Japonicarum” is illustrated with woodcut Japanese calligraphy.
$ 45 375,00
17. [MANUSCRIPT]. KIAUTSCHOU CHINA. -[VOYAGE MANUSCRIT
LEBE UNSER BATAILLON. III BAUMEISTER KIAUTSCHOU-CHINA. 1904.
CHINE / VOYAGE
1 vol. 8vo.  manuscript ll. 1 illustrated title page, 3 drawings. Contemporary cloth. Unique testimony of a German
sailor master-builder at the beginning of the 20th century. Kiautschou was from 1898 to 1914 a German colony in China,
and a naval base for the imperial navy in East Asia. The drawings depict the base : "Lager der I. Kompagnie, III S.B.
Kiautschou China", and the "Signastation in Tsigtau". Intersting historical document.
$ 9 900,00
18. MONFORT (RODOLPHE). [MANUSCRIT]. -[RÉCIT D’UN VOYAGE EN INDE ET EN MALAISIE. TRAVEL ACCOUNT: INDIA
AND MALAYSIA]. Sans lieu, ca. 1848-49.
1 vol. 4to. 31 manuscript pp. Fine manuscript account of a travel in India (mainly Calcutta) and Malaysia (Penang) by a
salt trader: Rodolphe Monfort. The author came back in India after 4 years in France, and his purpose in writting this
account was to record the curious details, the amusing anecdotes and the beatiful landscapes. The narration is flowing and
lively. The author spent 1 month in Calcutta and Chandernagor, before going to Penang in Malaysia. There are full of
interesting details on the life in India, of the Europeans and the Indians. Gripping text.
$ 14 850,00
19. NIEUHOF (JOAN). -HET GEZANTSCHAP DER NEÊRLANDTSCHE OOST-INDISCHE COMPAGNIE, AAN DEN GROOTEN
TARTARISCHEN CHAM, DEN TEGENWORDIGEN KEIZER VAN CHINA : Amsterdam, Jacob Van Meurs, 1670. 1 vol. folio.
1 engraved frontispiece, 1 portrait, 1 folding map, 34 double-plates, 110 half-page engraved illustrations. Contemporary
full vellum. Second edition of Nieuhof's famous account describing the first embassy of the Dutch East India Company to
the court of the Emperor of China in the years 1655-57. It is the most profusely illustrated work on China of the period,
with plates showing Chinese towns, Chinese life and animal- and plant life. Fine copy.
$ 53 625,00
20. PARLEY (PETER. SAMUEL GRISWOLD GOODRICH, DIT). -HISTOIRE DE LA CHINE ET DES CHINOIS PAR PETER
PARLEY. TRADUIT DE L'ANGLAIS PAR MME A. B... AVEC GRAVURES. Paris, Librairie de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse,
P.-C. Lehubi, s.d. [ca. 1850]. 1 vol. 12mo. 4 engraved plates. Contemporary green morocco, armorial binding. Scarce
first French edition of the translation of Peter Parley's tales about China and the Chinese (London, 1843). Fine copy
$ 1 237,50
21. -[PEKIN, MUKDEN. SET
OF 97 PHOTOGRAPHS. PEKING, MUKDEN]. [Ca. 1901]. 97 original photographs.
Portfolio. Very interesting set of photographs featuring Peking and Mukden, taken and gathered by English tourist or
officer. We can distinguish a set of 53 images (101 x 125 mm.), on one of this images appear a group of English people,
and the whole set is captioned in English. They depict the great sites in North China (Peking and Mukden): Ming tombs,
Mausoleum of Mukden, Peking Observatory, Temple of Heaven, of Confucius, Forbidden City, but also the Transsiberian railway, South Manchuria railway, etc. The rest of the pictures are mostly dedicated to Peking. Impressive set of
$ 57 750,00
21-bis. [ RULERS FOR
CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY. ] [China, ca. 1890]. 1 silvered brass box (232 x 32 mm.), 5 solid
silver rulers with hallmark (4: 230 x 25 mm.; 1: 207 x 13 mm.). Attractive set of Chinese rulers to help calligraphers to
hold the rolls of paper. The box is ornamented with Dragon and Fenghuang (mythic Chinese bird). The five hall marked
rulers had specific ornamentation: dragons, temples, women, etc. Very refined item.
$ 37 000
22. TACHARD (PÈRE GUY). -VOYAGE DE SIAM DES PÈRES JÉSUITES, ENVOYÉS PAR LE ROY, AUX INDES & À LA CHINE.
AVEC LEURS OBSERVATIONS ASTRONOMIQUES, & LEURS REMARQUES DE PHYSIQUE, DE GÉOGRAPHIE, D'HYDROGRAPHIE, &
D'HISTOIRE. ENRICHI DE FIGURES. Suivant la copie de Paris imprimée, par ordre exprez de sa Majesté, à
Amsterdam, chez Pierre Mortier, 1687.
1 vol. 8vo. 30 engraved plates (frontispiece, maps, views etc). Contemporary calf. Fine copy of this work by Tachard, an
excellent jesuit mathematician and also a great traveller.
$ 12 375,00
23. THUNBERG (CARL-PETER). [LANGUES (L.), LAMARCK (J. B.)]. -VOYAGES DE C. P. THUNBERG, AU
JAPON, PAR LE CAP DE BONNE-ESPÉRANCE, LES ÎLES DE LA SONDE, &C. TRADUITS, RÉDIGÉS ET AUGMENTÉS DE NOTES
CONSIDÉRABLES SUR LA RELIGION, LE GOUVERNEMENT, LE COMMERCE, L’INDUSTRIE ET LES LANGUES DE CES DIFFÉRENTES
CONTRÉES, PARTICULIÈREMENT SUR LE JAVAN ET LE MALAI ; PAR L. LANGUES, CONSERVATEUR DES MANUSCRITS
ORIENTAUX DE LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE, ET PROFESSEUR DE PERSAN, DE TATAR-MANTCHOU, &T. À LA MÊME
BIBLIOTHÈQUE ; ET REVUS, QUANT À LA PARTIE D’HISTOIRE NATURELLE, PAR J. B. LAMARCK, PROFESSEUR
D’ENTOMOLOGIE ET D’HELMENTOLOGIE AU MUSEUM NATIONAL D’HISTOIRE NATURELLE. AVEC DES PLANCHES. A Paris,
chez Benoît Dandré, Garnery, Obré, An IV . 4 vols. 8vo. 28 engraved plates, 1 engraved portrait.
Contemporary half sheep. Exceptionnal work, one of the first source on Japan. Carl-Peter Thunberg (1743-1828) is a
naturalist, botanist, and Swedish explorer, one of the famoust student of Linneaus. This book is the result of the 15
months in spent in Japan. Fine copy.
$ 37 125,00
24. TOMBE (CHARLES-FRANÇOIS). -[ATLAS] : CARTES ET PLANCHES POUR LE VOYAGE AUX INDES ORIENTALES, PAR M.
TOMBE, FAIT EN 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805 ET 1806. VOYAGE AUX INDES ORIENTALES PENDANT LES ANNÉES 1802,
1803, 1804, 1805 ET 1806 'ATLAS COMPOSÉ DE CARTES MARINES ET MILITAIRES, DE PLANCHES REPRÉSENTANT DES
COSTUMES ET ARMURES ASIATIQUES, ET PLUSIEURS VUES, GRAVÉES EN TAILLE-DOUCE. A Paris, chez Arthus Bertrand,
Libraire, 1810. 1 vol. 4to. 18 plates (11 folding). Contemporary blue cardboards. Atlas alone of this scarce relation of a
travel to India and Malaisia. The atlas contain 7 folding maps (Ile de france, Sumatra, Batavia, Détroit de Madure, Java,
Ile Bonaparte, Colombo) and 11 plates (4 folding) showing people, objects and landscapes. Fine copy.
$ 20 625,00
25. TRIGAULT (NICOLAS). -HISTOIRE DE L'EXPEDITION CHRESTIENNE EN
LA CHINE, ENTREPRISE PAR LES PÈRES DE LA COMPAGNIE DE JESUS. TIRÉE
DES COMMENTAIRES DU PÈRE MATHIEU RICCIUS DE LA MESME COMPAGNIE,
TRADUITE DE LATIN EN FRANCOIS. Paris, P. Le Mur, 1618. 1 vol. 8vo. 1
folding plate. Contemporary vellum. Rare first Parisian edition (Latin OE:
1615) of one of the most important and earliest works on China ever
published in Europe. It contains the diary of the pioneer Jesuit missionary
in China, Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), edited and brought up-to-date by
Ricci's successor to the Chinese Mission, the Flemish Jesuit Nicolas Trigault
(1577-1628). Trigault translated Ricci's manuscript into Latin, and enlarged
it with information from other sources, such as the reports by the Portugese
Jesuits Longobardo, Vagnone and Cattaneo of their own stays in China,
with extracts from the usual annual letters for the years 1610 and 1611 by
Father Sabatino de Ursis, etc., as well as by his own comments and
observations. When Trigault's book was published it shook Europe. Never
before had such well organized and accurate information about China been
available. It opened the door to China which had been closed since Marco
Polo, and just like Ricci had introduced Euclid to China, so his journal
introduced Confucius to Europe. Ricci and Trigault's account of China was
undoubtedly most influencial on cultural life and philosophical thought in
Europe, opening up a new, mysterious and until then virtually unknown
world. Suddenly Europe became aware for the first time of the existence of
another highly civilized vast part of the globe. The French translation was
made by Trigault's nephew, Riquebourg-Trigault, physician to Philippe
Guillaume of Orange. Fine copy.
$ 78 375,00
Other Travels and explorations
26. BLIGH (LIEUTENANT WILLIAM). -RELATION DE L’ENLÈVEMENT DU NAVIRE LE BOUNTY, APPARTENANT AU ROI
D’ANGLETERRE, & COMMANDÉ PAR LE LIEUTENANT GUILLAUME BLIGH ; AVEC LE VOYAGE SUBSÉQUENT DE CET OFFICIER
& D’UNE PARTIE DE SON ÉQUIPAGE DANS SA CHALOUPE, DEPUIS LES ÎLES DES AMIS DANS LA MER DU SUD, JUSQU’À TIMOR,
ÉTABLISSEMENT HOLLANDAIS AUX ÎLES MOLUQUES. ECRIT EN ANGLAIS PAR M. WILLIAM BLIGH, LIEUTENANT DE LA
MARINE D’ANGLETERRE ; & TRADUIT PAR DANIEL LESCALLIER, COMMISSAIRE GÉNÉRAL DES COLONIES, CI-DEVANT
ORDONNATEUR DANS LA GUIANE HOLLANDAISE, & ENSUITE DANS LA GUIANE FRANÇAISE, CORRESPONDANT DE LA
SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE D’AGRICULTURE À PARIS. A Paris, chez Firmin Didot, Libraire, rue Dauphine, et se trouve à
Amsterdam, chez Gabriel Dufour, Libraire, 1790. 1 vol. 8vo. 3 folding maps. First French edition of Bligh's own
account of the mutiny on the Bounty, the most notorious incident in maritime history. This publication predates Bligh's
full account of the voyage by two years. Bligh was anxious to have an account of the mutiny itself available to safeguard his
own reputation and in order to present copies to the Lords of the Admiralty before the court-martial of the mutineers, to
absolve him from blame. Fine copy.
$ 20 625,00
MARTINIÈRE (JEAN-BAPTISTE JOSEPH). -L'ESPAGNE ET LE PORTUGAL, OU MOEURS, USAGES ET
HABITANS DE CES ROYAUMES. Paris, A. Nepveu, 1815. 6 vols. 16mo. 55 engraved and watercolored
plates (including 1 frontispiece and 1 folding). Contemporary full calf. First edition of this beautiful book from the Nepveu
collection of travels, dedicated to Spain and Portugal, illustrated with 55 colored plates. The plates feature views, costumes
and various scenes, including corrida. Fine copy in comtemporary binding.
$ 20 625,00
28. LA PEROUSE (FRANÇOIS GALAUP, COMTE DE).
-VOYAGE DE LA PEROUSE AUTOUR DU MONDE, PUBLIÉ
CONFORMÉMENT AU DÉCRET DU 22 AVRIL 1791, ET RÉDIGÉ PAR
M. L.A. MILET-MUREAU, GÉNÉRAL DE BRIGADE DANS LE
CORPS DU GÉNIE, DIRECTEUR DES FORTIFICATIONS, EXCONSTITUANT, MEMBRE DE PLUSIEURS SOCIÉTÉS LITTÉRAIRES DE
PARIS. Paris, Imprimerie de la République, an V, (1797).
4 vols. 4to. (text), portrait. 1 vol. plano. (Atlas). Engraved title,
69 plates. Original edition. La Perouse's expeditionary voyages
of 1785 to 1788, were one of the most important scientific
explorations ever undertaken in the Pacific region. Ordered by
the French government to follow up and further Cook's work,
La Perouse rounded Cape Horn, after a refit in Chile made for
the Hawaiian Islands and then crossed the Pacific to Macao via
Manila, from where he explored the Sea of Japan and the Strait
that now bears his name. After sending his accounts and charts
overland with de Lesseps, La Perouse turned south reaching
first Samoa where he discovered several unknown islands,
finally arriving at Botany Bay. After a six weeks stay at Botany
Bay La Pérouse weighed anchor on 10 March 1788 and sailed
north and he and his crew were never seen again. Some 40
years later is was discovered that La Pérouse had been
shipwrecked on the island of Vanokoro, one of the Santa Cruz
Islands.The results of the expedition as recorded in the
documents that reached Paris overland were impressive. La
Pérouse made valuable contributions to the history of
geographical discoveries, especially with regard to the American
coast and the natives of America. The expedition visited - and
accounts are given of - Easter Island, Hawaii, Macao, Formosa, and the Aleutian Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Australia
(important dispatches were also sent to France from Botany Bay to record the last part of the trip). Fine complet set.
$ 148 500,00
29. LAPLACE (CAPITAINE CYRILLE PIERRE THÉODORE). LAUVERGNE (BARTHÉLÉMY), PÂRIS, SAINSON. [ATLAS HISTORIQUE] VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONDE PAR LES MERS DE L'INDE ET DE CHINE EXÉCUTÉ SUR LA CORVETTE DE
L'ETAT LA FAVORITE PENDANT LES ANNÉES 1830, 1831 ET 1832 SOUS LE COMMANDEMENT DE M. LAPLACE, CAPITAINE
DE FRÉGATE. [Paris, Arthus Bertrand, Imp. de Casimir, 1833.] 1 vol. in-folio, historical atlas only, 69 numbered
plates (N°54, 56 not present, 2 plates n°35).
Contemporary half sheep. Very rare copy printed in
sepia of the historical Atlas of the captain Laplace's
famous circumnavigation, with the illustrations by
Lauvergne, Pâris and Sainson. In May 1829, Lieutenant
Commander Laplace (1793-1875) was appointed to
command two scientific expeditions in austral seas, in
order to protect French trade. La Favorite left Toulon in
1829 and came back in 1832. This expedition was
successful and collected a lot of new knowledge. In
addition to the scientific interst, this atlas presents an
aesthetic dimension, according to Sabin: "perhaps the
finest series of plates of any picturesque voyage". Among
them: Réunion, Maurice, Singapore, Manille, Sydney or
Rio. Fine copy.
$ 103 125,00
30. MENDEZ PINTO (FERDINAND). -LES VOYAGES ADVENTUREUX DE FERNAND MENDEZ PINTO, FIDÈLEMENT
TRADUICTS DU PORTUGAIS EN FRANÇAIS PAR LE SIEUR BERNARD FIGUIER GENTILHOMME PORTUGAIS ET DÉDIEZ À
MONSEIGNEUR LE CARDINAL DE RICHELIEU. Paris, Arnould Cotinet et Jean Roger, 1645.
1 vol. 4to. Contemporary marbled calf. Second French edition of this scarce narrative of Mendez Pinto (1509-1583), true
adventurer who set sail for the Indies in 1537 and travelled through Asia and the Far East.
$ 23 100,00
31. WAHLEN (AUGUSTE). -MŒURS, USAGES ET COSTUMES DE
TOUS LES PEUPLES DU MONDE, D'APRÈS DES DOCUMENTS AUTHENTIQUES
ET LES VOYAGES LES PLUS RÉCENTS PUBLIÉS PAR AUGUSTE WAHLEN,
CHEVALIER DE PLUSIEURS ORDRES. EUROPE - ASIE - AFRIQUE ET
AMÉRIQUE - OCÉANIE. Bruxelles, A la Librairie HistoriqueArtistique, 1843-1844.
4 vol. 4to. 211 watercoloured plates (I. Europe: 49; II. Asie: 83; III.
Afrique et Amérique: 43; IV. Océanie: 36). Contemporary quarter
shagreen. First edition of this scarce work, with a rich iconography
depicting costumes from the entire world. This work published by
Auguste Wahlen (1785-1850) is famous for its beautiful plates by artists
as Duverger, Doms, Mercier, Vermorcken, Pannemacker... Some of
the plates look familiar because they are inspired by the iconography
which illustrated the accounts by travellers as Cook, Dumont d'Urville,
Arago, etc. The present copy is conform to the description given by
Chadenat, with 15 plates which aren't recorded on tables. Fine copy in
contemporary binding, of this richly illustrated work.
$ 19 800,00
Maritime / Science
32. MARITIME / SCIENCE APRES DE MANNEVILLETTE (JEAN-BAPTISTE D'). -INSTRUCTIONS SUR LA NAVIGATION
DES INDES ORIENTALES ET DE LA CHINE, POUR SERVIR AU NEPTUNE ORIENTAL, DÉDIÉ AU ROI, PAR M. D'APRÈS DE
MANNEVILLETTE, CHEVALIER DE L'ORDRE DU ROI, CAPITAINE DES VAISSEAUX DE LA COMPAGNIE DES INDES,
CORRESPONDANT DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DES SCIENCES, & ASSOCIÉ DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DE MARINE. [SUIVI DE /
WITH] SUPPLÉMENT AU NEPTUNE ORIENTAL, PAR FEU M. D'APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE. A Paris, chez Dezauche,
Géographe, Successeur des Srs Del'Isle & Phil buache, premiers Géographes du Roi a de l'Académie Royale
des Sciences ; seul chargé de l'Entrepôt général des Cartes de la Marine du Roi, rue des Noyers. 1775
(Instructions) ; A Paris, Chez Demonville, Imprimeur-Libraire de l'Académie Françoise, rue Christine ; et à
Brest, Chez Malassis, Libraire & Imprimeur de la Marine, 1781. (Supplément).
2 parts in 1 vol. 4to. Contemporary half calf. Capital work for its time, these “Instructions” completes the “Neptune
Oriental”, a coastal pilot, by the same author, first published in 1745. Après de Mannevillette never stopped enhancing
these two works, transferring the corrections first due to his own observations, then to the one reported by other sailors
(being from 1762 in charge of the Dépôt des Cartes et Plans of the East India Company). Fine copy.
$ 12 375,00
33. DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU (HENRI-LOUIS). -ÉLÉMENS DE L'ARCHITECTURE NAVALE, OU TRAITÉ PRATIQUE DE
LA CONSTRUCTION DES VAISSEAUX, PAR DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DES SCIENCES, DE LA SOCIÉTÉ
ROYALE DE LONDRES, HONORAIRE DE LA SOCIÉTÉ D'EDIMBOURG, & DE L'ACADÉMIE DE MARINE, INSPECTEUR GÉNÉRAL
DE LA MARINE. A Paris, rue Dauphine, Chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, Libraire du Roi pour l'Artillerie & le
Genie, à l'Image Notre-Dame. M. DCC. LIII. 1752.
1 vol. 4to. Engraved frontispiece, 24 plates. Contemporary full marbled calf. First edition of this standard work on naval
architecture. Duhamel du Monceau founded the school for students of naval engineering and architecture at the Louvre.
This work was intended for the training of the students at his school. He was appointed inspector-general of the French
navy in 1739 and opened his school in 1741. This treatise was very successful and a second edition appears in 1758. Nice
$ 18 975,00
34. DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU (HENRI LOUIS). -TRAITÉ DE LA FABRIQUE DES MANŒUVRES [MANOEUVRES] POUR
LES VAISSEAUX OU L'ART DE LA CORDERIE PERFECTIONNÉ. PAR M. DU HAMEL DU MONCEAU, DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DES
SCIENCES, DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE DE LONDRES, INSPECTEUR DE LA MARINE DANS TOUS LES PORTS & HAVRES DE FRANCE.
Paris, de l'Imprimerie Royale. M. DCCXLII. 1747.
1 vol. 4to. 7 folding plates, 13 engraved head pieces. Contemporary full sheep. First edition of this rare treatise regarding a
very important matter for maritime: rigging. A second edition was published in 1769 (more common). In addition to what
it gives for history of nautical technics, this work is also important for botanic, because it is one of the first to deal with the
commercial culture of cannabis. The first two plates are depiction of the plant. Fine copy.
$ 23 100,00
35. HORSBURGH (JAMES). -INSTRUCTIONS NAUTIQUES SUR LA MER DE CHINE, PAR JAMES HORSBURGH, TRADUITES
DE L’ANGLAIS EN 1824, PAR M. LE PRÉDOUR, LIEUTENANT DE VAISSEAU... Paris, Imprimerie Administrative de Paul
Dupont, 1851. 1 vol. 4to. Contemporary half buckram. Scarce French edition of this rare pilot for the China Seas by
James Horsburgh (first edition: 1801, first French edition: 1824, 8vo). Scottish hydrographer, James Horsburgh (17621836) workes for the British East India Company. His work as a cartographer, realised after 20 years of navigation in this
area was a reference for long. This edition is enhanced with more recent documents by Darondeau and Reille. Fine copy.
$ 9 075,00
36. REED (JOHN-WILLIAM), KING (JOHN-WILLIAM). -THE CHINA SEA DIRECTORY, VOL. I. CONTAINING THE
APPROACHES TO THE CHINA SEA AND TO SINGAPORE, BY THE STRAITS OF SUNDA, BANKA, GASPA, CARIMATA, RHIO,
VARELLA, DURIAN, AND SINGAPORE. COMPILED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES PARTLY BY J. W. REED, MASTER, R.N.
COMPLETED AND EDITED BY STAFF COMMANDER J.W. KING, R.N. PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS
OF ADMIRALTY. Londres, J.D. Potter, Agent for the Admiralty Charts, Poultry, 1867. 1 vol. 8vo. Contemporary
yellow buckram. Scarce coastal pilot (only copy on the market, World Cat indicates 3 copies around the world) published
by the British Admiralty with sailing directions in China Sea. The navigation in this Sea always was very important
especially for trade, but also very dangerous for Occidental ships because of their draught which make sailors fear these
shallow waters. Provenance: “Capt. P.B. Nichols, Ship R.P. Thomas, New-York, 1882”. Scarce copy of this pilot which
belonged to a Captain.
$ 4 125,00
Varia and Miniatures books
[COLLECTION OF EMBROIDERED ALMANACS]. -ETRENNES MIGNONNES. (SEPT ANNÉES). [SUIVI DE / WITH]
DIARIO ECCLESIASTICO PARA O REINO DE PORTUGAL, PRINCIPALMENTE PARA A CIDADE DE LISBOA, PARA O ANNO
1808, BISSEXTO. Liège, Dessain et Kints, 1749, 1755, 1767, 1772, 1782, 1786, 1792 ; Lisboa, Na impressam
Regia. . 8 vols. 32mo. The Etrennes mignonnes are illustrated with medals plates, the Diario Ecclesiastico is
illustrated with 1 folding handcoloured map. Embroidered bindings, some ornamented with painted medallions with
motto. Very rich collection of embroidered almanacs. The embroidered binding was always the sign of the richess and the
unicity of the book. It almost disappears in the 16th and 17th centuries, but in the 18th little almanacs were made with
embroidered bindings again. The present set is composed with 7 Belgian Almanacs (Etrennes mignonnes), but most
probably in Parisians bindings, and with 1 Portuguese almanac: contemporary embroidered red velvet binding, letter "H"
embroidered with golden thread in the center of the boards, which are richly decorated with floral patterns, as well as the
spine. Lovely almanack for the year 1808, giving numerous valuable scientific and historical informations. Exceptional set.
$ 144 375,00
38. GUARINI (BATTISTA). [MINUSCULE / MINIATURE]. -IL PASTOR FIDO, & LE RIME
DEL M. ILLUSTRE SIGNOR CAVALIER BATTISTA GUARINI : ET IN QUESTA NUOVA IMPRESSIONE
AGGIUNTOUI VARIE POESIE IN MORTE DELL'AUTORE. Venise, Appresso Nicolo Misserini,
1627. 1 vol. 24mo (97 x 51 mm.). 5 wood-engraved scenes. Numerous head-pieces and
ornamental initials. Contemporary full red morocco. Charming and scarce miniature edition of Il
Pastor Fido, (OE: 1589, Mettayer), Giovanni Battista Guarini's (1538-1612, poet and diplomat)
main work. This text is a very successful tragic-comical pastoral, and was translated and published
all over Europe. Haendel wrote an opera based on the play in 1712. Beautiful copy of this finely
illustrated edition, in morocco binding.
$ 9 900,00
39. [IMPRESSION MICROSCOPIQUE]. -DE IMITATIONE CHRITI, LIBRI QUATUOR. Coloniae, Sumptibus
Joannis Leonard, Bibliopolae Bruxellensis. M DC LXXXIV. 1684. 1 vol. 64mo. Contemporary red morocco.
Scarce edition from Cologne, in microscopic types of this beautiful text of devotion. The text is consistent with the one
established by Philippe Chifflet in Lyon, 1680. Provenance: "J.B.S." Marquis de Seignelay, Jean-Baptiste Colbert (16511690), son of the "Grand Colbert", who followed his father as Ministre de la Marine. He kept working in the direction his
father showed, and made the French Navy the equal of her rivals: the Dutch and British Navies. Fine copy, beautifully
bound and from a pretigious provenance.
$ 4 950,00
40. LEGOUVE (GABRIEL MARIE). -LE MÉRITE DES FEMMES, NOUVELLE EDITION
AUGMENTÉE DE POÉSIES INÉDITES. PAR LEGOUVÉ. Paris, Louis Janet, Libraire, rue
Saint-Jacques, n°59, 1825 1 vol. 18mo. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary calf,
nicely decorated with blind and gold stamped and painted motives. Very nice copy of
this book of poetry.
$ 4 125,00
41. -LES JEUX
DE L'AMOUR, ANNÉE 1820. Corlier, Paris, 1819 . Charming tiny almanac entirely engraved and with
eight exquisite small figures representing a cupidon and various scenes facing songs. Following: the calendar year 1820.
Beautiful gilded cartonnage editor in fine condition.
$ 7 012,50
42. [MARCILLY]. [MINUSCULE / MINIATURE]. -LES RIS, LES JEUX, LES PLAISIRS. ÉTRENNES CHARMANTES. AN 1812.
A Paris, chez Marcilly. Rue St Julien le Pauvre, N°7. .
1 vol. 128mo. (30 x 21 mm.). 8 full-page wood-engravings. Contemporary full gilded red morocco, matching slipcase. Rare
edition by Marcilly of these Etrennes Charmantes. The Almanac counts eight songs, with some indications for the tune,
each are illustrated with a lovely engraved plate; the calendar for 1812, and advertissement for the publisher. Very nice
copy, lovely bound in contemporary red morocco.
$ 9 900,00
43. MINIATURE. -[BLOC
NOTE DÉBUT 19ÉME]. SLND (circa 1820) 1 vol in-24. Rare example of an antique
notebook, made with sheets of specially coated gloss paper to allow delete entries made in pencil tool to surprisingly
Smartphone format that everyone uses today to making this feature notes. It carries the days of the week printed on the
top pages and traces of deleted entries. Charming small object book.
$ 2 062,50
44. [MINUSCULE / MINIATURE]. -SMALL RAIN UPON THE TENDER HERB. DEUT. XXXII. 2. SEVENTH EDITION.
London, Religions Tract Society, 56, Paternoster Row. [ca. 1840].
1 vol. (30 x 21 mm.). Contemporary fill red morocco. Seventh edition of this poopular title, giving biblical extracts for
every day of the year, including February 29th. "Small Rain is the smallest of the religious selections for every day of the
year." (Bromer & Edison, p. 78).
$ 1 650,00
45. [COLLECTION OF 16 MIGNATURES ADVERTISMENT CALENDERS]. -COLLECTION DE 16
AGENDAS DE GRANDS MAGAZINS PARISIENS DE 1893 À 1916. Dusseuil Confiseur, Brest, 1893 ; Au Bon Marché,
Paris, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916 ; Parfumerie Legrand,
Paris, 1903 ; Nouvelles Gallerie, Paris, 1903. 16 vols. (ca. 55 x 35 mm.). Publisher illustrated cardboards. Rare set of
advertising diaries for great Parisian shops from 1893 and 1916: Au Bon Marché, Parfumerie Legrand, Nouvelles
Galeries. Almost perfect condition.
$ 9 900,00
SIÈCLE / PORTFOLIO - END XVIIITH CENTURY]. - 1 vol. 12mo.  bl.
Red morocco case. Charming booklet covered with blue silk. The first board is decorated with an original painting
depicting some ancient ruins in a green landscape, the second board is decorated with a mirror. Lovely item.
46. [PORTEFEUILLE - FIN XVIII°
$ 5 362,50