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LES TROIS ISLETS
LES TROIS ISLETS
LIVRES RARES
23ème Salon du Livre Ancien en Belgique
Centre culturel de Malines
December 12–14, 2014
100. [ALMANACH]. -L'INDÉPENDANT. ALMANACH DÉDIÉ AUX BELGES.
Jean-François Letenneur
Librairie Ancienne des Trois Islets
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101 items
Travels, Explorations & Atlas, Maritime, Sciences, Varia & Miniatures books.
Travels
1. AL-JAZULI. [SULAYMAN (MUHAMMAD IBN)]. -DALA'IL AL KHARAYRAT. [Egypte, an 1179 de l’Hégire,
1801 de notre ère.] 1 vol. 8vo. [103] manuscript ll. (with 3 frontispieces in gold and colours, 2 painted miniatures).
Contemporary morocco. Manuscript, written at the very beginning of 19th century, of the Dala’il al-Kharayat (Waymarks of
Benefits), one of the most famous Muslim prayer books and one of the most popular. The present manuscript, finely
calligraphed with large margins and gilded frame, counts three illuminated frontispieces, and two miniatures with
geometrical and floral patterns, nine leaves are prayer tables and indicate when to pray. Fine copy.
2 500 €
2. [ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS ALBUM]. -[TRAVEL LOG IN EUROPE]. Sans lieu ni nom. [Ca. 1880]. 1 vol.
folio. 112 watercolours. Contemporary romantic buckram. Beautiful set of watercolours fly-on-the-wall from journeys in
different European countries by an anonymous traveler in the 19th century. Views depict great Italian cities (Venice,
Padoua, Trieste, etc.), northern Italy (Riva) and south Switzerland and Austria, Paris, Germany and Prussia (Munchen,
Berlin, Hamburg), and Turkey. Exceptional album.
24 000 €
3. [PHOTO ALBUM]. [HU SHI. NAUCK (E RNST GEORGE)]. -[TRAVEL IN FAR EAST AND CHINA: VIEWS,
ETHNOGRAPHICAL & PERSONAL PICTURES FROM NANKING, SHANGHAI, NAPO, HONG-KONG, CANTON, MACAU,
VIETNAM, ETC.]. 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.
11 000 €
4. [PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM]. -BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE FAR EAST. KYOKUTO¯ TAIKAN. Tokyo : Kyokutô
Tsû shinsha, Taishô 9 [ca. 1920]. 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.
12 000 €
5. [ANONYMOUS]. -STRICTURES ON THE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS OF THE ENGLISH WITH A DESCRIPTION OF
THE HAMAMS OF THE TURKS AND AN ATTEMPT TO SHEW THEIR CONFORMITY WITH THE BATHS OF THE ANTIENT
ROMANS. EMBELLISHED WITH COPPER PLATES. London, Printed for the Author, (Pisa, Printed by N. Capurro :
colophon), 1828. 1 vol. 8vo. 5 engraved plates. Contemporary half cloth. First and only edition of this uncommon treatise
on personal cleanliness of the English compared to Turkish. It’s illustrated with five engraved plates, two of them concerning
public baths: “Plan of a Turkish hamam”, “Painting from Titus’ bath – Sudatory in Pisa”, and three private baths: “Domestic
baths” (four and two figures), “A Roman private bath”. Scarce and fine copy.
1 800 €
6. [ANONYME. PHOTOGRAPHIE. CHINE.]. -ALBUM CHINOIS. Sans lieu, ni nom, avant 1857. 1 vol. 4to. [1] 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.
6 500 €
7. BENYOWSKY (MAURICE AUGUSTE, COMTE DE). -VOYAGES ET MÉMOIRES DE MAURICE-AUGUSTE, COMTE DE
BENYOWKY, MAGNAT DES ROYAUMES D'HONGRIE ET DE POLOGNE, ETC. ETC. CONTENANT SES OPÉRATIONS
MILITAIRES EN POLOGNE, SON EXIL AU KAMCHATKA, SON EVASION ET SON VOYAGE À TRAIS L'OCÉAN PACIFIQUE,
AU JAPON, À FORMOSE, À CANTON EN CHINE, ET LES DÉTAILS DE L'ETABLISSEMENT QU'IL FUT CHARGÉ PAR LE
MINISTÈRE FRANÇOIS DE FORMER À MADAGASCAR. A Paris, Chez F. Buisson, Imprimeur-Libraire, rue
Hautefeuille, n°20. (1791). 2 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half sheep. First French edition of the account of Benyowsky’s
travels (1741-1786), one of the more fanciful characters of his time: his adventures in Kamchatka, North Pacific, Madagascar
and in the United States during the Revolutionary War, turned him into an hero, through these present “Voyages et
Mémoires”. “One of the early and fundamental books on the Northwest coast of America in general and on Alaska in
particular” (Lada-Mocarski). “In the Alaska-related material of this journal there is a very good general account of the
Aleutian Islands, and a history and description of early Russian visits to Alaska.” (Lada-Mocarski). . « Ouvrage rare et très
curieux. Le tome 2 contient un travail très important sur Madagascar » (Chadenat). Fine copy.
2 400 €
8. [BLOMBERG (KARL JOHANN VON)]. -DESCRIPTION DE LA LIVONIE, AVEC UNE RELATION DE L'ORIGINE, DU
PROGRÈS, & DE LA DECADENCE DE L'ORDRE TEUTONIQUE. A Utrecht, chès Guillaume van Poolsum, marchand
libraire, 1705. 1 vol. 12mo. 1 engraved frontispiece (portrait of Frédéric Guillaume), 1 folding map. Contemporary sheep.
First French edition of this interesting treatise on Livonie composed by letters. Fine copy of this uncommon work.
900 €
9. BOURRIT (MARC-THÉODORE). -A RELATION OF A JOURNEY TO THE GLACIERS, IN THE DUTCHY OF SAVOY:
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF M. T. BOURRIT, PRECENTOR OF THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH AT GENEVA, BY C.
AND F. DAVY. Norwich, Printed by Richard Beatniffe, 1775. 1 vol. 8vo. 3 engraved plates. 19th century half calf. First
English edition of this scarce account of Bourrit’s journey to the Alps. Marc-Theodor Bourrit (1739-1819) is known to be a
pioneer of the alpinism, in spite of his aversion to heights. Contrary to Saussure or Deluc, he was neither a scientist or an
aristocrat, but a Swiss painter, and his talent as an illustrator allowed him to publish some successful works. The present
book is “the fruit of three journeys into the Dutchy of Savoy”, and was first published in Geneva (1773), it was followed by a
second English edition the next year, which is less scarce. Fresh copy of this finely illustrated work.
1 900 €
10. CAILLIE (RENÉ). -JOURNAL D’UN VOYAGE À TEMBOCTOU ET À JENNE, DANS L’AFRIQUE CENTRALE, PRÉCÉDÉ
D’OBSERVATIONS FAITES CHEZ LES MAURES BRAKNAS, LES NALOUS ET D’AUTRES PEUPLES, PENDANT LES ANNÉES
1824, 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828. Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1830. 3 vols. 8vo+ 1 atlas 4to, 1 folded map, 5 plates, 1
portrait. Later half-sheep. Original edition of this scarce account. Rene Caillie was presented with the Legion of Honor as
the first European to return alive from Timbuktu. "He set out from Sierra Leone, reached the Niger, and followed it to
Kabara, the port of Timbuctoo. Thence he went to the mysterious city, saw something of its real character, and crossed the
Sahara to Morocco, reaching the west coast of Fez. For this journey he was rewarded by the Geographical Society of Paris"
(Baker). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.
5 800 €
11. CASTELLAN (ANTOINE-LAURENT). -MŒURS, USAGES, COSTUMES DES OTHOMANS ET ABRÉGÉ DE LEUR
HISTOIRE. Paris, Nepveu, 1812. 6 vols. 16mo. 72 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary full calf. First edition of
this beautiful work richly illustrated with detailed hand-coloured full-page engravings depicting scenes, Ottoman’s costumes,
portraits, weapons, tools, musical instruments etc. Castellan gives an elaborate account of the history, emperors, people,
religion, arts and professions, richly illustrated. The quality of the colouring is variable, and for the present copy is
remarkable. With a richer and subtler pallet than most copies, the artist achieved the finest resulta, enhancing every detail
and emphasizing the beauty of the engravings. The French publisher Nepveu published a series of books with similar
descriptions of different countries and regions of the world. Beautiful set.
4 800 €
12. CHABERT (JEAN-BAPTISTE). -VOYAGE FAIT PAR ORDRE DU ROI EN 1750 ET 1751, DANS L'AMERIQUE
SEPTENTRIONALE, POUR RECTIFIER LES CARTES DES CÔTES DE L'ACADIE, DE L'ISLE ROYALE & DE L'ISLE DE TERRENEUVE ; ET POUR EN FIXER LES PRINCIPAUX POINTS PAR DES OBSERVATIONS ASTRONOMIQUES. Paris, Imprimerie
Royale, 1753. 1 vol. 4to. 6 folding maps, 1 folding plate, 1 folding table, 1 engraved head-piece. Contemporary calf. First
edition of an important work on navigation by Joseph Bernard Chabert (1724-1805). The work was highly praised by the
examining commission of the French Academy of Sciences, it was recommended as a navigational model for future
navigators. The first part of the work contains the author's voyage from Brest to Louisbourg, and 4 expeditions, the second
part describes his astronomical observations at large. It is especially Chabert's astronomical research, which was very precise
even by today's standards, that give his work great scientific value. Chabert added 6 maps to the first part, all of them with
astonishingly exact data, also making the book interesting with respect to Canadian geography. Chabert joined the navy on
July 14, 1741, on the ship Léopard. He navigated the American coast, where he still was in 1746 on another ship, the
Émeraude. After a promotion in 1748, he was ordered by the king to visit the region which now forms the south-east part of
Quebec, east Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, the voyage which he describes in the present
work. A few years after Chabert's visit in 1750-51, the French Indian War broke out in 1754, and three-quarters of the
remaining population of 10.000 French settlers, who were considered to be a threat to the British position, were forcibly
resettled in other parts of North America. He was received in 1753 as a member of the navy academy in Brest, and later
those of Bologne, Berlin and Nancy. Fine copy in armorial binding.
3 500 €
13. [CHOISY (FRANCOIS TIMOLEON, ABBÉ DE)]. -JOURNAL DU VOYAGE DE SIAM FAIT EN M. DC. LXXXV. ET
M. DC. LXXXVI. PAR MR. L. D. C. A Paris, Chez Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, Imprimeur du Roy, rüe Saint
Jacques, aux Cicognes. 1687. 1 vol. 4to. Contemporary glazed calf. First edition of this important and early work on Siam
by the former-transvestite turned missionary. Detailed journal of Choisy's (1644-1724) observations during his stay as a
missionary in Siam in 1685 and 1686. Fine copy.
1 500 €
14. DAUMAS (MELCHIOR JOSEPH EUGÈNE). -LES CHEVAUX
DU SAHARA. Paris, F. Chamerot, 1851. 1 vol. 8vo.
Contemporary half sheep. First edition of this unpublished study and first of that kind dealing with the relationship between
Arabs and horses. Fine copy.
650 €
15. [DEPPING (GEORGES BERNARD)]. -DIE SCHWEIZ. NACH DEPPING, PICOT, LUTZ, UND DEN NEUESTEN
QUELLEN ÜBERHAUPT BEARBEITET. Leipzig, Hartleben, 1828. 3 vols. 16mo. 18 plates, 10 folding. Contemporary cardboards. Second edition of this lovely book about Switzerland, illustrated with views, mostly folding : Berne, Chillon, Geneva,
Pfafers and with costums plates. Fine copy.
700 €
16. DROUVILLE (GASPARD). -VOYAGE EN PERSE FAIT EN 1812 ET 1813 ; PAR GASPARD DROUVILLE, COLONEL
DE CAVALERIE AU SERVICE DE S. M. L'EMPEREUR DE TOUTES LES RUSSIES, CHEVALIER DE PLUSIEURS ORDRES. Paris,
Librairie Nationale et Etrangere, 1825. 2 vols. 8vo. 60 lithographed hand-coloured plates (6 folding), 1 folding map.
Contemporary cardboard binding. First octavo edition of this account of travels in Persia, including many costume plates
and interior scenes. The present copy is one of the 150 coloured copies of the Parisian edition, expanded version of the first
edition published in St. Petersburg (1819). (Cf. Wilson). Fine copy.
2 800 €
17. DU CROS (JOSEPH AUGUSTE). -HISTOIRE DES VOYAGES DE MONSIEUR LE MARQUISVILLE EN LEVANT, ET DU
SIÈGE DE CANDIE ; ECRITE PAR L. P. JOSEPH DU CROS, D. A Lyon, Chez la Vévé de Guill. Barbier, Imprimeur
ordinaire du Roy, & François Barbier, 1669. Avec Approbation & Permission. 1 vol. 8vo. Antique vellum. First
edition of this scarce work by a clergyman dealing with the role played by M. Le Marquis Ville in the Candie siege in the
war between Ottoman and Venice for Crete control. The Marquis was chosen by Venice Senators, in the critical period of
this siege which took place from 1648 to 1669 (21 years) known as the longuest in history. Fine copy.
3 500 €
18. DU HALDE (JEAN-BAPTISTE). -DESCRIPTION GEOGRAPHIQUE, HISTORIQUE, CHRONOLOGIQUE, POLITIQUE, ET
PHYSIQUE DE L'EMPIRE DE LA CHINE ET DE LA TARTARIE CHINOISE. La Haye, Henri Schueurleer, 1736. 4 vols. 4to,
53 plates (I. 21 maps and plans - 2 folding ; II. 24 plates - 11 folding - 1 folding plan ; III. 5 plates - 4 folding - 2 folding
plans). Contemporary half calf. Second edition of this work, compiled by the Jesuit J.-B. Du Halde, from published and
unpublished reports and letters of Jesuit missionaries in the Orient, which influenced all of Europe. Some of the engravings
by J. C. Philips after A. Humblot, others by Humblot after J. van de Spyk, one by Philippe van Gunst, most unsigned.
Woodcut and type ornament head- and tailpieces and woodcut initials throughout. Fine copy.
13 500 €
19. FROGER (FRANÇOIS). -RELATION D'UN VOYAGE DE LA MER DU SUD, DÉTROIT DE MAGELLAN, BRÉSIL,
CAYENNE ET LES ILES DES ANTILLES. Amsterdam, L'Honoré et Chatelain, 1715. 1 vol. 12mo. 18th century
paperboard. New edition of this travel account, which was frequently reissued. François Froger (1676-1715) French engineer
and cartographer, boarded in 1695 on a boat from a six ships squadron commanded by de Gennes to established a colony
in the Strait of Magellan area. From this travel he brings back the first accurate printed map of Rio, and a lot of informations
on different topics, richly illustrated with his own drawings. Gripping book of the first official French travel to the Strait of
Magellan.
3 400 €
20. GRAY (MAJOR WILLIAM) & DOCHARD (S.-S.). -VOYAGE DANS L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE, PENDANT LES
ANNÉES 1818, 1819, 1820 ET 1821, DEPUIS LA RIVIERE GAMBIE JUSQU'AU NIGER EN TRAVERSANT LES ETATS DE
WOULLI, BONDOO, GALAM, KASSON, KAARTA ET FOULIDOU ; TRADUIT DE L'ANGLAIS PAR MME CHARLOTTE
HUGUET. Paris, Avril De Gastel - Ponthieu, 1826. 2 vols. 8vo. 17 meteorological tables and 14 lithographed plates.
Editor wrappers. This expedition is on of the earliest to explore the large West African rivers. In 1817 William Gray
became the leader of the Niger expedition, originally led by J. Peddie. From the Gambia river he proceeded north to
Bondou, the via Bakel and Fort St.-Joseph at the Senegal to Kaarta. Among other tasks, they tried to find out about the fate
of Mungo Park, who had not returned from an expedition 10 years before. Illustrations show people, views, musical
instruments, and plants.
1 100 €
21. [HAFEZ (KHOUAJEH CHAMS AD-DIN MOHAMMAD HAFEZ-E CHIRAZI, DIT)]. [MANUSCRIPT]. -[DIWAN,
COMMENTAIRE]. Fin du 17ème siècle. 1 vol. 4to. 1st l. inlluminated with gold. Contemporary full red sheep. Manuscript
commentary of the "Diwan", collection of verses by the famous Hafez, important poet of the Persian tradition. It was written
between 1688 and 1689. Hafez's work influenced many Persian writers as well as great occidental poets, such as Goethe.
17th century manuscript, in very fine condition.
3 500 €
22. KRASCHENINNIKOFF (STEPHAN PETROVITCH). -HISTOIRE ET DESCRIPTION DU KAMTCHATKA. A
Amsterdam, chez Marc Michel Rey, 1770. 2 vols. 12mo. 2 folding maps and 7 plates. Original calf. French edition
translated by Chappe d'Auteroche. S. Krasheninnikoff (1713-1755) who took part in the second scientific expedition
supervised by Gmelin in Siberia and the only member of the team to reach Kamtschatka. The preface that is sometime
found in the first volume is not bound in this copy. Fine copy, of the best French edition.
2 000 €
23. LABAT (R. PÈRE JEAN-BAPTISTE). -VOYAGE DU CHEVALIER DES MARCHAIS EN GUINÉE, ISLES VOISINES, ET
A CAYÉNNE, FAIT EN 1725, 1726 & 1727. Paris, Pierre Prault, 1730. 4 vols. 12mo. [36] & 31 plates and maps.
Contemporary full calf, gilt titles, decorated spine. First edition of this book by Father Jean-Baptiste Labat, French
missionary and explorer. Also engineer and physician, he modernized sugar industry and developped production
techniques while living in Martinique. He wrote many travel books, in America, Africa and Europe, always illustrated and
very successful. This one, devoted to Guinea and Cayenne is noteworthy historically and ethnographically and presents fine
maps and plates. One of the scarcer books by Labat.
3 500 €
24. LEMPRIERE (W.) / SCHOENING (MR LE BARON DE). -VOYAGE DANS L'EMPIRE DE MAROC ET LE ROYAUME
DE FEZ. (I.) CROISIÈRES ET NÉGOCIATIONS DE MR. DE KINSBERGEN, AVEC DES DÉTAILS HISTORIQUES, MORAUX ET
POLITIQUES SUR L'EMPEREUR ET L'EMPIRE DU MAROC. (II.). A Paris, chez Tavernier, chez Cordier et Legras,
Imprimeurs-Libraires, rue Galande, n°50, an IX - 1801./ Amsterdam, aux dépens de l'auteur, 1779. 2 parts in 1
vol. 8vo. 2 plates (1 frontispiece), 1 folding map. Contemporary half calf. Two important works for the history of Morocco.
I. First French edition of Lemprière's work. II. First French edition of Schoening's log telling Kingsberg's journey in
Morocco in 1775, in order to negociate peace with Morocco's emperor and Alger's bey. Fine copy.
1 800 €
25. MAFFEI (GIOVANNI PIETRO). -RERUM A SOCIETATE JESU IN ORIENTE GESTARUM VOLUMEN. 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.
5 500 €
26. [MANUSCRIPT]. -CORAN. Empire Ottoman, an 1265 de l'Hégire, i.e. 1849 de notre ère. 1 vol. 8vo. [302]
manuscript ll. Contemporary gilded red morocco with flap. Manuscript Koran finely calligraphed in Naskh script. In his
original binding, it presents a beatiful frontispiece in colours (green, blue, orange and purple) and gold. The colophon is
written in a gold diamond-shaped frame. The first words of the suras are written in white on gold. The entire text is written
in a gold frame, with 41 vegetal polychrome points in margins. Fine copy.
2 800 €
27. [MANUSCRIPT]. HUSSAM' UDDÎN. -[JURISPRUDENCE CORANIQUE]. Constantinople, 1629. (Colophon). 1
vol. 8vo. Illuminated frontispiece. Contemporary red shagreen. Very fine manuscript, case law treatise, dealing with
inheritance and successions, according to the Hadith (saying or an act or tacit approval or criticism ascribed either validly or
invalidly to the Islamic prophet Muhammad). It was written by a judge from Constantinople, as we can see in the colophon
(Hussam' Uddîn, 1629). Fine copy of legal manuscript of early 17th century, with a beautiful illuminated frontispiece.
2 600 €
28. [MANUSCRIPT]. KIAUTSCHOU CHINA. -[VOYAGE IN CHINA]. HOCH LEBE UNSER BATAILLON. III
BAUMEISTER KIAUTSCHOU-CHINA. 1904. 1 vol. 8vo. [18] 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.
1 200 €
29. MARSIGLI (LUIGI FERDINAND). -L’ETAT MILITAIRE DE L’EMPIRE OTTOMAN, SES PROGRÈS ET SA
DÉCADENCE / STATO MILITARE DELL'IMPERIO OTTOMANO, ETC. A La Haye, chez Pierre Gosse, & Jean de
Neaulme. Pierre de Hondt. Adrien Moetjens. A Amsterdam, chez Herm. Uytwerf, Franç. Changuion, 1732. n
des camps, un grand nombre de plans avec des ordres 2 parts in 1 vol. folio. Titles in French and Italian in red and black, 2
hand coloured maps, 35 engraved plates (7 foldings), 10 half-page illustrations, 3 folding tables, 5 engraved borders.
Contemporary quarter sheep. First edition. “Marsigli had a long experience of the Ottoman empire beginning with a stay of
eleven months at Constantinople c. 1679 when he accompanied Ciurani, Venetian representative to the Porte. During the
Turkish-Hungarian campaigns (1682–99) he was taken captive by Tartars at Rab and eventually sold to some Bosnian
soldiers during the siege of Vienna in 1683. In 1691 he joined the suite of the grand vizier Zadé Mustafa Kuprili on his fatal
journey to Salankeman. After the peace of Carlowitz in 1699 the Emperor Leopold appointed him to establish the limits of
the frontiers between Turkey, Venice and Hungary. His important work on the military system of the Ottoman Empire
concerns itself with its finances, revenues, commerce etc. Marsigli gives an account of the different military functionaries as
well as a description of the different types of artillery, mines, fireworks etc. The interesting plates illustrate weaponry,
costumes, modes of transport, battle formations, the organization of camps and the layout of actual battles and sieges”
(Blackmer). Fine copy.
9 500 €
30. NIEBUHR (CARSTEN). -DESCRIPTION DE L'ARABIE D'APRÈS LES OBSERVATIONS ET RECHERCHES FAITES DANS
LE PAYS MÊME. PAR M. NIEBUHR, CAPITAINE D'INGÉNIEURS, MEMBRE DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE DE GOTTINGEN.
NOUVELLE ÉDITION, REVUE & CORRIGÉE. A Paris, Chez Brunet, Libraire, rue des Écrivains. 1779. 2 vols. 4to. 18
plates (1 folding), 7 maps (5 folding), 1 folding table. Contemporary full calf. Second French edition of Niebuhr's famous
work, considered as the best printed of Niebuhr's travel books, and the first scientific expedition to Arabia. Having the large
famous map of Yemen. This is the account of the Royal Danish expedition (1761-1767) to the Arabian Peninsula, the first
scientific expedition to this area sponsored by King Frederick V of Denmark, and from which Niebuhr returned as the only
survivor. His work still forms one of the most authoritative descriptions of Arabia and Yemen in particular. Fine copy.
3 000 €
31. 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.
6 500 €
32. [PRESENTATION COPY]. VOLNEY (CONSTANTIN FRANÇOIS DE CHASSEBOEUF, COMTE DE). -VOYAGE EN
SYRIE ET EN EGYPTE, PENDANT LES ANNÉES 1783, 84 ET 85. A Paris, chez Dugour et Durand, Libraires, rue et
hôtel Serpente, An VII. 1799. 2 vols 8vo. 3 maps, 1 plan, 4 plates (all folded). Contemporary half green morocco. Third
edition of this valuable account of Syria and Egypt. Volney (1757-1820), distinguished French historian and philosopher,
spent three years of travelling in Syria and Egypt. His account contains information about the natural history, politics,
commerce, customs and manners, etc. Includes an account of the Arabic press at the convent of Mrkhamra with a catalogue
of books printed there. One of the most exact and valuable works of its kind ever published (Cox). His account has never
really been surpassed. This copy belonged to Jean-Louis Laya (1761-1833) French author, who was forced to hide during
the French Revolution because of his play "L'Ami des Lois" where he denounces the excess of men like Robespierre or
Marat ("A Mr. Laya, de la part de l'auteur"). Pleasant presentation copy.
1 500 €
33. PREZIOSI (AMADEO, COMTE DE). -SOUVENIR DU CAIRE PAR PRÉZIOSI. DÉDIÉ À SON COMPAGNON DE
VOYAGE SON EXCELLENCE MONSIEUR H.C. DU BOIS, ENVOYÉ EXTRAORDINAIRE ET MINISTRE PLÉNIPOTENTIAIRE
DE S.M. ME ROI DES PAYS-BAS, PRÈS LES COURS DE TURQUIE ET DE GRÈCE, EN 1862. Paris, Lemercier, 1862. 1
vol. folio. [1] l. (Engraved title), 20 colour lithographs mounted on card, [1] l. (Table). First and only edition of this scarce
work, giving a picturesque, idealistic but also accurate vision of Cairo and its inhabitants. Celebrated by Baudelaire. "These
attractive plates illustrate the costumes of Cairo and the valley of the Nile, which Preziosi visited in 1862" (Blackmer). Fine
copy.
18 500 €
34. [S. M.]. -LA CHINE - EXPANSION DES GRANDES PUISSANCES EN EXTRÊME-ORIENT (1895-1898). Librairie
Militaire R. Chapelot et Cie, Imprimeurs-Editeurs, Successeurs de L. Baudouin, 1899. 1 vol. 8vo. 1 coloured
folding map. Contemporary half-shagreen. First edition of this work upon China. The first chapter deals with its economical
geography, the second with its relationships with the others powerful countries from 1894 until 1898, the third with the
Chinese market exploitation.
500 €
35. 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, &
DIVISÉE EN 5. LIVRES, AUSQUELS LES MŒURS, LOIX & COUSTUMES DU ROYAUME DE LA CHINE, & LES
COMMENCEMENTS TRÈS DIFFICILES DE LA NOUVELLE EGLISE D'ICELUY SONT EXACTEMENT & FIDELEMENT DESCRITS.
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.
9 500 €
Naval Explorations - Atlas
36. [ANONYME]. MANUSCRIT. -TRAITÉ
ROYAUMES LA
CONNAISSANCE DE LEURS GOUVERNEMENS DE LEURS FORCES ET DE LEURS RICHESSES. S.l.n.d. (ca. 1750). 1 vol. 8vo.
DE
GÉOGRAPHIE
OU L'ON JOINCT A LA DESCRIPTION DES
576 manuscript pp. Contemporary vellum. Anonymous manuscript of a work probably intended to be published. It
contains general considerations on geography and on the reading of maps, but also many descriptions of several countries
and its inhabitants.
1 600 €
37. BELLIN (JACQUES-NICOLAS). -DESCRIPTION GÉOGRAPHIQUE DES DÉBOUQUEMENS QUI SONT AU NORD DE
L'ISLE DE SAINT DOMINGUE. A Paris, de l'Imprimerie de Didot, M. DCC. LXVIII. 1768. 1 vol. 4to. Engraved title,
34 engraved maps (16 doubles, 2 foldings), 1 engraved border by Choffard. [5] manuscript pp. Contemporary full calf. Rare
first edition of this routier of the Caribean Sea by the famous French hydrographer Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772). Bellin
gathered in this work sailing directions for the waters north of St. Domingo. The copy certainly belonged to a sailor: in front
of the title page there is a manuscript page giving the way to change a tiller on board, and in-fine, a letter with sailing
instructions for the Sea Islands (Amelia and Cumberland Islands). Fine copy.
3 000 €
38. BELLIN (JACQUES-NICOLAS). -ESSAI GÉOGRAPHIQUE SUR LES ISLES BRITANNIQUES. Paris, Chez Nyon
Libraire, Imprimerie de Moreau, 1759. 2 vols. 12mo. 5 folding maps, 11 plates (views and plans). Contemporary calf.
Fine copy of this scarce edition by the famous French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin.
1 200 €
39. BLIGH (LIEUTENANT WILLIAM). -RELATION DE L’ENLÈVEMENT DU NAVIRE LE BOUNTY, APPARTENANT AU
ROI D’ANGLETERRE, & COMMANDÉ PAR LE LIEUTENANT GUILLAUME BLIGH. 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 courtmartial of the mutineers, to absolve him from blame. Fine copy.
2 500 €
40. BONNE (RIGOBERT). -PETIT TABLEAU DE LA FRANCE OU CARTES GEOGRAPHIQUES SUR TOUTES LES PARTIES
DE CE ROYAUME. AVEC "DESCRIPTION ABREGÉE DE FRANCE". Paris, chez Lattre, 1764 / Paris, de l'imprimerie de
Butard, 1764. 2 parts in 1 vol. 12mo. 1 engraved coloured title, 28 hand-coloured maps on double-page (I.).
Contemporary full red morocco. Only edition of this charming pocket atlas, with title + 28 maps nicely contemporary
colouring and original morocco binding. Bound with Description Geographique Abregee de la France. Fine copy. 1 800 €
41. CASSINI DE THURY (CÉSAR-FRANÇOIS). -CARTE DE FRANCE DIVISÉE EN XXXI GOUVERNEMENTS
MILITAIRE ET EN SES PROVINCES. DRESSÉE SUR LES MEILLEURES CARTES QUI ONT PARUES JUSQU'À PRÉSENT, ET SUR
LA CARTE DES TRIANGLES EN XVIII PETITES FEUILLES, LEVÉE GÉOMÉTRIQUEMENT, PAR ORDRE DU ROI, ET MISE
AU JOUR PAR MR CASSINI DE THURY, DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DES SCIENCES. A Paris, Chez Crépy, rue St Jacques,
1778. 1 vol. oblong folio. Engraved hand-coloured title, [24] double maps hand-coloured. + 1 manuscript table and 1
double map hand-coloured. Contemporary hal-calf. "Carte de France", by the famous Cassini de Thury (1714-1784). Louis
XV was very impressed by Cassini's work. Fine copy in contemporary binding.
3 500 €
42. CORONELLI (PÈRE MARIA, VINCENZO). -MÉMOIRES HISTORIQUES & GÉOGRAPHIQUES DU ROYAUME DE LA
MORÉE, NEGREPONT & DES PLACES MARITIMES, JUSQUES À THESSALONIQUE. RECUEILLIS & ENRICHIES DES
CARTES DES PAÏS & DES PLANS DES PLACES, PAR P. M. CORONELLI, GÉOGRAPHE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE DE VENISE.
Amsterdam, Wolfgang, Waesberge, Boom, & van Someren, 1686. 1 vol. 12mo. 42 engraved maps, plates and plans
on double-page. Contemporary calf. First Dutch edition. A scarce edition and the first printed in the Netherlands, a new
translation from the Italian text rather than a reprint of the French translation by Barbin. It seems to have appeared in
octavo only, and not in folio as the other one. The plates were also newly engraved for this edition. Fine copy.
5 300 €
43. CORVETTE DESCURBIERTA - ORIGINAL MAPS FROM SPANISH SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATIONS. [GONZALES
(ANTONIO)]. MANUSCRIPT. -[A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL SEA CHARTS AND VIEWS. INDONESIA, CHILI, PERU,
MEXICO, CALIFORNIA, INDONESIA, SINGAPORE, CHINA SEA, PATAGONIA.]. [Drawn aboard the ship] 1815-1816. 1
vol. folio. 18 manuscript ll., (ink drawings, 3 hand-coloured, 1 recto-verso, some folding). Bound in a contemporary album.
A large set of manuscript maps and coast views drawn by Antonio Gonzales aboard the famous Spanish exploration ship
“Descurbierta” (Discovery) during exploration journeys from 1810 to 1816.
The corvette Descurbierta is famous for being one of the two ships (with the Atrevida) of the Malaspina's expedition (17861788, and 1789-1794), the most important voyage of discovery dispatched by Spain in the 18th century. Alessandro
Malaspina (1754-1810), under a Spanish royal commission, undertook his voyage around the world to increase geographic
and scientific knowledge in general: inspired by Cook’s and La Perouse’s voyages, Malaspina’s expedition counted
numerous scientists aboard, and was conducted in a highly scientific manner. The second purpose of the expedition was to
check on the status of Spain's vast empire, especially along the west coast of North America, where the Russians and the
British were expanding their influence.
The Descubierta and the Atrevida sailed from Cadiz on 30 July 1789, stopping first at Montevideo on the Río de la Plata,
then sailing south along the coast of Patagonia and visiting the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Chile, Peru, Mexico,
Hawaii, Kamchatka, Alaska, Philippines, Mariana Islands. Coastal, New Hebrides, New Zealand, Australia and was back to
Cadiz on 21 September 1793.
After this great expedition, the Descurbierta stayed in service as a scientific ship up to 1828. The 22 guns corvette was
stationed in Monte Video from 1804 to 1806 and Callao (Lima) from 1810 to 1816. In 1816, she went back to Cadiz in
1816 for repairing. From 1816 to 1819, she was again based in South America to help General Morillo and Laborde
expeditions against insurgents in Colombia and Venezuela. Back to Cadiz in 1821, the Corvette was dropped out of service
in 1828.
The present collection of 18 original drawings was made by Officer Antonio Gonzales aboard of the Descubierta from 1810
to 1816, during different campaigns. The first plate is dated from 1810, and is one of the most striking leaves of the set. It is
dedicated to Patagonia (recto-verso), with many views and coastal profiles and an amazing representation of an Iceberg
observed by lat. 57° and 69 west, in the South of Patagonia. A large series, dated from 1816, is dedicated to Asia (China Sea,
Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia). Then they cross the Pacific to arrive in Gulf of California, and going north, we find
important maps of Chili and Peru (including a beautiful map of Conception: “Plano de la Bahia de Concepcion de Chile”).
The last chart depicts Saint Helena. The quality of the charts is very nice, they are both accurate, richly captioned, and
aesthetically realized. Gonzales was stationed at the corvette for at least 6 years. His personal file is at the Spanish navy
central archives.Those maps and views are totally unknown and there is no recorded publication for the details of these
campaigns, a continuation of Malaspina expedition round the world. It proves that the Spanish continued their scientific and
cartographic exploration with the Descurbierta.
The quality of the manuscript is great, giving lot of local details of the coasts visited.
31 000 €
44. DALRYMPLE (ALEXANDER). -VOYAGES DANS LA MER DU SUD PAR LES ESPAGNOLS ET LES HOLLANDAIS.
OUVRAGE TRADUIT DE L'ANGLOIS DE M. DALRYMPLE, PAR M. DE FRÉVILLE. A Paris, chez Saillant & Nyon, chez
Pissot, M. DCC. LXXIV. (1774). 1 vol. 8vo. 3 engraved folding maps. Contemporary full glazed calf. First French
edition of this major work by Dalrymple: “This important work, issued before the return of Captain Cook’s expedition, is
the result of Dalrymple’s strong belief in the existence of a southern continent” Hill. Fine copy in contemporary binding of
this major work for the South Pacific exploration history.
2 500 €
45. DES RUES (FRANÇOIS). -DESCRIPTION CONTENANT TOUTES LES SINGULARITEZ DES PLUS CÉLÈBRES VILLES ET
PLACES REMARQUABLES DU ROYAUME DE FRANCE. AVEC LES CHOSES PLUS MEMORABLES ADVENUES EN ICELUY.
REVEU CORRIGE ET AUGMENTE DU SOMMAIRE DE LESTAT CARTES DES PROVINCES ET DE QUELQUES PORTRAITS DES
PLUS SIGNALEES VILLES DUDICT ROYAUME. Rouen, chez Jean Petit, dans la court du palais, 1611. 1 vol. 8vo. 1
engraved portrait in-text, 16 wood engraved labels depicting towns, 6 full-page maps. (Dedication and 1 l. of table missing).
Fine copy of this work due to François Des Rues (ca. 1575-1633), one of the creators of the French tourist literature (OE:
1605, Coutances). Des Rues describes each province, with details upon cities, and historical, geographical informations.
Interesting illustration.
1 200 €
46. DU CAILLE (LOUIS-ALEXANDRE). [RIZZI-ZANNONI (GIOVANNI BAPTISTA ANTONIO). ANVILLE (JEANBAPTISTE BOURGUIGNON D’)]. -ETRENNES GÉOGRAPHIQUES. A Paris, chez Ballard, Imprimeur du Roi, Rue St
Jean de Beuavais à Ste Cecile Et aux Spectacles. Avec permission. [1766]. 1 vol. 16mo. Engraved allegorical
frontispiece, engraved title, 26 double-page maps with handcoloured borders. Contemporary red morocco. Charming
pocket atlas by Du Caille, containing 26 maps reduced by Rizzi-Zannoni, very nicely handcoloured. It counts two world
maps, Europe, Asia, Africa, America (2), Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, France (5), Netherlands and a
Belgium, Germany (7), Prussia, Portugal and Spain, Italy. The book is entirely engraved by Durand and Le Roy. Lovely
copy in red morocco.
1 800 €
47. [JOLLAIN (GÉRARD IER)]. -TRESOR DES CARTES GEOGRAPHIQUES DES PRINCIPAUX ESTATS DE LUNIVERS. Ce
vend A Paris, chez Jollain rue St Jaque a la Ville de Cologne. (ca. 1659 ou 1660). 1 vol. oblong 8vo. 38 engraved
maps. Ancient full calf. Very rare first edition by Jollain of one of the first world atlas of this shape published in France. It is
inspired from Mercator-Hondius "Atlas minor", and shows the popularity of this atlas, but it marks also the beginning of the
period (until the end of 18th century) of the French preeminence in the cartographic production (d’Anville, de l’Isle, Bellin,
Le Rouge, etc.). The caption of the maps are all (except one, n°12) in French (with fanciful spellings and names). Korea is
depicted twice as an island. Fine copy with contemporary manuscript captions in Latin.
11 500 €
48. [JUSTEL (HENRI)]. -RECUEIL DE DIVERS VOYAGES FAITS EN AFRIQUE ET EN L'AMERIQUE QUI N’ONT POINT
ESTE ENCORE PUBLIEZ, CONTENANT L’ORIGINE, LES MŒURS, LES COUTUMES & LE COMMERCE DES HABITANTS DE
CES DEUX PARTIES DU MONDE. AVEC DES TRAITEZ CURIEUX TOUCHANT LA HAUTE ETHYOPIE, LE DEBORDEMENT
DU NIL, LA MER ROUGE, ET LE PRÊTE-JEAN. Paris, Louis Billaine, 1674. 1 vol. 4to. 12 engraved plates and 7 maps.
Ccontemporary calf. First edition of one of the most important French travels' collection, gathering 10 texts, 5 of them being
written by Jesuits, or connecting with Jesuit missions. Its compiler, Henri Justel, was a Protestant scholar and bibliophile who
served as Secretary to Louis XIV before he fled to England at the time of the Revocation of the Edit de Nantes (1685),
becoming Keeper of the King's Library at St. James. The collection includes travel accounts relating to Africa, the
Caribbean, and the English colonies in North America, some never before printed, others translated into French from the
English or the Portuguese. In his preface Justel explains that he had the accounts printed in the order in which copy arrived
from the translators - hence the peculiar order of the book, often readjusted by later binders. This copy, still in its first
binding, retains the original order. The Ligon is illustrated with plates of Caribbean plants and fruits, scenes of native life,
and pottery ; maps of Barbados, Jamaica, Abyssinia and a map of Maryland, Virginia, and the east coast of North America,
engraved by R. Michault after the map in the 1672 edition of Blome. 12 engraved plates including 3 folding plans of a sugar
mill, 7 engraved maps of which 6 folding; woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. An excellent copy of one of the rarest
17th century travels collection.
10 000 €
49. KRUSENSTERN (ADAM JOHANN, BARON VON OU IVAN FÉODOROVITCH). -VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD IN
THE YEARS 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, BY ORDER OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY ALEXANDER THE FIRST, ON BOARD
THE SHIPS NADESHDA AND NEVA, UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN A.J. VON KRUSENSTERN, OF THE IMPERIAL
NAVY. IN TWO VOLUMES. TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL GERMAN BY RICHARD BELGRAVE HOPPNER, ESQ.
London: printed by C. Roworth (I) and T. Davison (II); for John, Murray, bookseller to the Admiralty, and the
Board of Longitude, 50 Albermarle-Street, 1813. 2 vols. 4to. 2 hand-coloured frontispieces, 1 folding map,
Contemporary full calf. First English edition of the first Russian circumnavigation by Captain Ivan Féodorovitch Krusenstern
(1770-1846) from 1803 to 1806. This expedition was ordered by the Tsar Alexander 1, and founded by the RussianAmerican Company in order to start diplomatic and commercial relations with Japan and Sandwich Islands, in the fur trade,
and to explore the Russian America (actual Alaska) and northern Asia coasts. Krusenstern was accompanied by a brilliant
corps of officers and scientists (Lissianski – Captain of the Neva, Langsdorff, Kotzebue, Horner), and by Rezanov, the first
Russian Ambassador in Japan. The Nadejda and Neva sailed together at the Marquesas and Hawaii, where they parted. The
Neva went to explore the coasts of Russian America, when Krusenstern sailed to Japan. The mission was a diplomatic
failure (Rezanov wasn’t even received by the Japan Emperor) but very successful for the science. The text contains not only
copious hydrographical, linguistic, ethnographic notes upon all the numerous islands and lands in the Pacific, but gives also
the history of geographical discovery in that region. Fine copy of this important work for the Russian naval history.
14 000 €
50. LE ROUGE (GEORGE-LOUIS). -ATLAS NOUVEAU PORTATIF À L'USAGE DES MILITAIRES ET DU VOYAGEUR
CONTENANT 91 CARTES DRESSÉES SUR LES NOUVELLES OBSERVATIONS DÉDIÉ À MONSEIGNEUR LE COMTE DE
MAUREPAS, MINISTRE ET SECRÉTAIRE D'ETAT... Paris, Le Rouge, 1748. 1 vol. 4to. 4 engraved plates and 87 maps on
double-page spread. Contemporary calf. First edition of this uncommon world atlas, including many maps in contemporary
colours. Fine copy.
10 000 €
51. [MANUSCRIT]. -PORTULAN DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE. Italie, sans date, ca. fin 17ème siècle. 2 vols. 4to., folio. I.
552 manuscript pp., II. 9 manuscript plans (510 x 690 mm.). Ancient vellum. Exceptional document, Italian manuscript
written by a sailor during his trips in Mediterranean. This coastal pilot describes: Malta, Sicilia, Calabria, Spain South of
France, Elbe Island, Genoa gulf, Corse, etc. It gives the anchorages, specifics to get in harbors and other useful information.
The 9 manuscript plans, finely drawn, depict harbors in Mediterranean, and Atlantic (Basque country); among them:
Civitavecchia, Livourne, Malte, le port du Passage, Saint Sébastien. Remarkable illustrated manuscript pilot, fine condition.
35 000 €
52. NOE (FRANK DE). [MANUSCRIT]. -[ATLAS DES
DÉPARTEMENTS FRANÇAIS]. [Paris], mai 1822. 1 vol. oblong 8vo.
31 maps drawn with ink, and watercoloured, [2] ll. manuscript ll. (Table). Contemporary half green shagreen. Charming
manuscript atlas, by Franck de Noé, with 31 maps of French departments. The maps are finely drawn and accurate. About
the author, he could be the Vicomte de Noé (? - 1871), French botanist who took part to the creation of the French
Botanical Society in 1854. Fine item.
1 100 €
53. ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM). -L'EPITOME DU THÉÂTRE DE L'UNIVERS, NOUVELLEMENT RECOGNEU, AUGMENTÉ
ET RESTAURÉ DE MESSEURE GÉOGRAPHIQUE, PAR MICHEL COIGNET, MATHEMAT D'ANVERS. RELIÉ AVEC
"ADDITION À L'EPITOME DU PETIT THÉÂTRE D'ABRAHAM ORTELIUS..." Anvers, Joanris Keerberoii, 1602. 1 vol.
oblong 12mo. 123 maps. Contemporary vellum. Fine copy of this rare French pocket atlas: reprint by the mathematician
Michel Coignet, of A. Ortélius’ famous work, offering a priceless vision of the world at the end of the 16th Century.
12 000 €
54. PARRY (WILLIAM EDOUARD), TRADUIT PAR L’AUTEUR DE QUINZE JOURS À LONDRES. -VOYAGE FAIT EN 1819
ET 1820, SUR LES VAISSEAUX DE S.M.B., L'HECLA ET LE GRIPPER, POUR DÉCOUVRIR UN PASSAGE DU NORD-OUEST
DE L'OCÉAN ATLANTIQUE À LA MER PACIFIQUE, SOUS LES ORDRES DE WILLIAM EDOUARD PARRY, MEMBRE DE LA
SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE DE LONDRES. Paris, Librairie des Gide Fils, 1822. 1 vol. 8vo. 2 folding handcoloured maps. 19th
half red calf. First French edition of this account of one of the most important travel in Arctic. It shows that the Strait of
Lancaster opens a way to the West, and reveals the complexity of this sea way through the islands maze. Fine copy.
1 600 €
55. ROSS (JAMES CLARK). -A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY AND RESEARCH IN THE SOUTHERN AND ANTARCTIC
REGIONS, DURING THE YEARS 1839-43. BY CAPTAIN SIR JAMES CLARK ROSS, R.N. London: John Murray,
Albemarle Street. 1847. 2 vols. 8vo. 8 lithographic plates (2 frontispieces, 1 folding), 8 maps (3 folding), 18 steel-engraved
vignettes. Contemporary quarter blue morocco. First edition of the account of the first scientific expedition in Antarctic, by
James Ross (1800-1868). The work, illustrated with maps, impressive plates and nice vignettes (by Hooker, the expedition’s
botanist), is “one of the most important works in the history of Antarctic exploration” (Hill). Fine copy.
3 500 €
56. [VARGAS Y PONCE (JOSÉ DE)]. -RELACION DEL ULTIMO VIAGE AL ESTRECHO DE MAGALLANES DE LA
FRAGATA DE S.M. SANTA MARIA DE LA CABEZA EN LOS ANOS DE 1785 Y 1786. EXTRACTO DE TODOS LES
ANTERIORES DESDE SU DESCUBRIMIENTO IMPRESOS Y MSS/ Y NOTICIA DE LOS HABITANTES SUELO, CLIMA Y
PRODUCCIONES DEL ESTRECHO. TRABAJADA DE ORDEN DEL REY. Madrid, MDCCLXXXVIII, por la viuda de
Ibarra, Hijos y Compania. 2 vols. 4to. Frontispiece portrait of Magellan, 5 folding maps, pp. 71-74 (vol. I) and p. 98 (vol.
II) folding. Contemporary half calf. First edition, complete with the rare Supplement, of this work: account of the Don
Antonio de Cordoba's travels to Magellan Strait, written by the royal historiographer Vargas y Ponce. The captain had to
find out if it was still interesting for Spanish sailors to use the passage. Fine copy.
5 500 €
Maritime - Naval Tactics - Militaria
57. BEAURAIN (CHEVALIER DE). -HISTOIRE DES QUATRE DERNIÈRES CAMPAGNES DU MARÉCHAL DE TURENNE
EN 1672-1673-1674 ET 1675, ENRICHIE DE CARTES ET DE PLAN TOPOGRAPHIQUES, DÉDIÉE ET PRÉSENTÉE AU ROI,
PAR M. LE CHEVALIER DE BEAURAIN, GÉOGRAPHE DE SA MAJESTÉ, & SON PENSIONNAIRE. Paris, Chez le
Chevalier de Beaurain, 1782. 2 vols folio. 24 folding plates engraved by Berlin, copper engravings illustrations.
Contemporary brown card boards. Barbier attributes this work to Philippe Henri de Griomard. The atlas counts 24 maps
and battle plans.
2 300 €
58. BRÜHL (HANS MORITZ VON). -ECOLE DE L'OFFICIER, CONTENANT UNE MÉTHODE FACILE & ABRÉGÉE DE
LEVER UN PLAN SANS L'USAGE DE LA GÉOMÉTRIE ORDINAIRE, UN PETIT TRAITÉ DE LA FORTIFICATION PASSAGÈRE, &
DES RÉFLEXIONS SUR L'ART DE LA GUERRE. TRADUIT DE L'ALLEMAND PAR MAURICE, COMTE DE BRÜHL. Paris,
Claude-Antoine Jombert, 1770. 1 vol. 8vo. 9 folding plates. Contemporary full vellum. Fine copy of this only French
edition of this “temporary fortification” treatise, used during the Seven Years' war. Very attractive copy in a binding specially
made for an officer.
950 €
59. DUMAITZ DE GOIMPY (FRANÇOIS-LOUIS, COMTE). -TRAITÉ SUR LA CONSTRUCTION DES VAISSEAUX,
DÉDIÉ ET PRÉSENTÉ AU ROI, PAR M LE COMPTE DU MAITZ DE GOIMPY, CAPITAINE DES VAISSEAUX DE SA
MAJESTÉ, CHEVALIER DE L'ORDRE ROYAL & MILIAIRE DE SAINT LOUIS, DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DE MARINE. A
Paris, chez D.C Couturier, père, Imprimeur-Libraire, aux Galeries du Louvre. Couturier, fils, Libraire, Quai des
Augustins, M.DCC.LXXVI. 1776. 1 vol. 4to. 2 folding plates. Complete with the l. "Correction de la hauteur du point
Vélique". Enhanced with an engraving depicting a ship. Contemporary full red morocco, with the arms of Jean Baptiste
Bertin (1720-1792), Minister under Louis XV, famous for the creation of the "Cabinet des Chartes". First edition of this
innovative shipbuilding treatise, based on the latest theoretical researches, but expressed in clear terms: to be accessible to
the shipbuilder. French naval officer, Dumaitz de Goimpy (1729-1807) became midshipman in the French navy in 1746,
and lieutenant in 1752. He was commissioned a commander in 1772, and served during the whole of the war of American
independence. He led the 1st division of the fleet under Admiral Count de Guichen, which defeated Lord Rodney off
Dominique three times, and was severely wounded in the first battle, which he gained for the French by a timely movement.
He commanded a division of the fleet that under Count de Grasse blockaded the Chesapeake bay, and defeated the English
on 5 September, 1781. He fought also under De Grasse in the battles off Dominique on 9 and 12 April, 1782, and in 1783
became a member of the Cincinnati and a knight of Saint Louis. Fine copy in armorial binding.
2 800 €
60. CHARLES BULLEN'S COPY. [SERRES (JOHN THOMAS), BOUGARD (RENÉ)]. -THE LITTLE SEA TORCH : OR
TRUE GUIDE FOR COASTING PILOTS : BY WHICH THEY ARE CLEARLY INSTRUCTED HOW TO NAVIGATE ALONG THE
COASTS OF ENGLAND, IRELAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, ITALY, AND SICILY : THE ISLAND OF MALTA, CORSICA,
SARDINA, AND OTHERS IN THE STRAITS : AND OF THE COAST OF BARBARY, FROM CAPE BON TO CAP DE VERD.
ENRICHED WITH UPWARDS OF ONE HUNDRED APPEARANCES OF HEAD-LANDS AND LIGHT-HOUSES TOGETHER WITH
PLANS OF THE PRINCIPAL HARBOURS. ALSO A TABLE OF SOUNDING, AND VARIOUS EXPLANATORY REMARKS. THE
WHOLE FORMING A WORK TO THE GREATEST UTILITY TO SEAMEN, AND PECULIARLY CALCULATED TO INSTRUCT
THE CURIOUS INQUIRER INTO THOSE SUBJECTS THAT ARE CONNECTED WITH MARITIME GEOGRAPHY. TRANSLATED
FROM THE FRENCH OF LE SIEUR BOUGARD, WITH CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS, BY J.T. SERRES, MARINE PAINTER
TO HIS MAJESTY, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF CLARENCE, AND MARINE DRAUGHTSMAN TO THE RIGHT
HONORABLE THE BOARD OF ADMIRALITY. London: published for the author, by J. Debrett, Picadilly, 1801.
Printed by T. Rickaby, Fleet Street. “Appearances, from Drawings by J.T. Serres, engraved by J. Stadler”. 1 vol.
folio. [31] plates (19 coloured views, 2-15 figures per plate and 12 maps and plans in colours, with 2 plans per plates).
Contemporary quarter morocco. Only edition. Remarkable copy of the “Little sea torch”, used at sea by his owner: the Navy
officer Charles Bullen, who was present at Trafalgar. Back from his successful campaign in the Mediterranean after
Aboukir, in 1799, Nelson complained that he had to use French maritime instructions books, as no equivalent British work
was available. Two years after, in 1801, was published the “Little sea torch”, by John Thomas Serres: an expanded edition of
Bougard's Routier “ Le petit Flambeau” (OE: 1684), a reference for a century in the nautical world. Supported by the
Admiralty and a prestigious list of subscribers, and among them Admiral Nelson, the work was beautifully illustrated by 138
views and 12 sea charts, all hand-coloured, depicting the coasts of British Channel, France, Mediterranean Sea (Portugal,
Gibraltar, Bay of Biscay, Naples, Palermo, Messina, etc. The present copy belonged to Sir Charles Bullen (1769-1853), one
of the subscribers and a highly efficient and successful naval officer who served in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic
Wars and distinguished himself at the battles of Camperdown, Trafalgar and many others. On 30 August, the Britannia,
under his command, joined the blockade of the Franco-Spanish fleet and so was present on 21 October for the battle of
Trafalgar. After the battle, Britannia was still relatively undamaged despite having suffered 52 casualties, and so she was able
to aid other more seriously damaged ships in the storm which followed. Bullen brought three ships back to England and
received prize money in excess of £3000, along with the usual awards from the Lloyd's Patriotic Fund of the gold medal and
sword given to Trafalgar captains. His ship was paid off on 20 June and Bullen spent the next 15 months on half pay.
According to numerous annotations and extra instructions and manuscript maps present in Bullen’s copy, it seems obvious
that he used it at sea and then at Trafalgar. His remarks about the quality of the nautical instructions (on 28 pp., for several
places) are not flattering for the author (he crossed out the title: “True Guide”, and replaced it by false, adding: “Very bad
plans of the principal harbours and others of great consequences left out”) but very accurate. He also completed the list of
subscribers, giving more information about the captains (their affectations) and crossing out the names of the dead. These
manuscript notes, as well as the 5 documents that enhance the copy, make up for the missing plate. Indeed, Bullen left on 1
l. bound at the end with a plan of “Marmorice Bay from the coast of Caramania” (recto), and a plan of a fortified arsenal in
a British naval base in the Mediterranean, (probably Malta), (verso), both richly annotated. The copy also counts a water
colored coastal profile, The London Gazette Extraordinary (November the 6th 1805) with one the first published account of
Battle of Trafalgar, and “Private Signals for his Majesty Brigs (…) on the Mediterranean Station” (printed, with manuscript
notes), from Nelson, received on the Britannia (folding marks and name of the ship on the verso of the l.), in June 1804.
One of the most extraordinary copies one can find of this famous routier, used at sea by one of Nelson’s captains.
19 700 €
61. GROTIUS (HUGO), MERULA (PAUL). -HUGO GROTIUS DE MARY LIBERA ET P. MERULA DE MARIBUS.
Lugd. Batavorum, Ex Officina Elzeviriana, Anno 1633. 1 vol. 24mo. Contemporary vellum. Second edition, printed
by Bonaventure and Abraham Elzevier, as beautiful as the first, of this treatise by Grotius who supports the rights of the
Dutch to sail in the East India. Fine copy.
700 €
62. KERGUELEN DE TREMAREC (YVES-JOSEPH DE). -RELATION DES COMBATS ET DES ÉVÈNEMENTS DE LA
GUERRE MARITIME DE 1778 ENTRE LA FRANCE ET L'ANGLETERRE, MÊLÉE DE RÉFLEXIONS SUR LES MANŒUVRES
DES GÉNÉRAUX. [Paris], Imprimerie de Patris, M.DCC.XCVI. 1796. 1 vol. 8vo. Contemporary half-sheep. First
edition of this rare work by Kerguelen de Tremarec (1734-1797), French naval officer and explorer. In April 1796, retired
of the navy, he started working on this text from the notes he took in 1779. The work, recognized for its liability, relates the
main battles of the American Revolutionary War. Fine copy of this valuable testimony upon naval history by a great
explorer.
2 800 €
63. LE COINTE (JEAN-LOUIS). -LA SCIENCE DES POSTES MILITAIRES OU TRAITÉ DES FORTIFICATIONS DE
CAMPAGNE, À L'USAGE DES OFFICIERS PARTICULIERS DE L'INFANTERIE QUI SONT DÉTACHÉS À LA GUERRE : DANS
LESQUEL ON A COMPRIS LA MANIERE DE SE DÉFENDRE & DE LES ATTAQUER. A Paris, chez Desaint & Saillant, 1759
1 vol. 8vo. 10 folding plates with 52 figures engraved by Patte. Contemporary green morocco with the arms of the Marquis
of Argentueil, Jean-Louis-Marie Le Bascle. Fine copy of this first edition of this military work by Jean-Louis Le Cointe de
Marcillac.
2 500 €
64. [MANUSCRIPT. FORTIFICATIONS. MILITARIA]. -LIBRO D’OGNI SORTE DI FORTIFICATIONI. [Rome,
ca. 1700.] 1 vol. 4to. [2] ll., 126 pp., [1] l. 14 numbered plates (11 folding), 28 full-page illustrations, 15 diagrams.
Contemporary full sheep. Unpublished manuscript treatise on fortification, finely written and richly illustrated, dated from
the end of 17th century / beginning of the 18th, contemporary of Vauban’s works. At this time, the star fort or “trace à
l’italienne”, introduced by the Italians in the mid-15th century because of the French’s military attacks and their artillery,
were taken to its logical extreme by Vauban. This very detailed treatise gives a precise study of the subtleties of this art, with
nice captioned illustrations, depicting forts. Fine work, in a nice contemporary binding.
8 000 €
65. [MILITARIA]. -INSTRUCTION SUR LE SERVICE EN CAMPAGNE DES ARMÉES RUSSES. Paris, Limoges, Henri
Charles-Lavauzelle, Editeur militaire, 1894. 1 vol. 8vo. 1 table, 6 in-text engravings. Contemporary green morocco. First
edition of this scarce book (only in BnF's and Harvard's collections) dealing with the Russian army. Fine copy, very nice
binding.
5 000 €
66. OZANNE (NICOLAS MARIE). -[COLLECTION DES VUES DES PORTS, AVEC LES ENVIRONS, LEURS BÂTIMENTS, CE
QUI EST UTILE AUX ÉLÈVES ET ARMATEURS DE LA PEINTURE ET ARCHITECTURE]. [Paris, ca. 1791]. 1 vol. small oblong
folio. 60 engraved plates. Contemporary half morocco. Beautiful work by Nicolas Ozanne (1728-1811), considered with his
brother Pierre, as one of the master of the maritime iconography for the 18th century. The 60 fine engraved plates give a
vivid and picturesque representation of the French harbours. Fine copy.
8 500 €
Science and Technology
67. [ANONYMOUS, MANUSCRIPT. 18TH
WITH VARIOUS TREATISES OF ENGINEERING,
CENTURY].
-[HANDBOOK
FOR THE USE OF ARCHITECTS COMPOSED
[Paris, ca. 1750]. 1 vol. 4to. [189]
manuscript ll. (brown ink) illustrated with numerous pencil and ink drawings (2 on full page). Contemporary full calf. Rare
set of manuscript unpublished treatises, written in the 18th century, and composing a very complete handbook for
architects. The nine texts are dedicated to various fields such as land surveying, hydrostatics, mensuration, engineering and
masonry. From generalities to very accurate instructions based on mathematical demonstrations or a solid experience as an
architect, the author of this work gives to his reader everything he needs to appropriate the different parts of the profession.
The manuscript is carefully written and finely illustrated with schemes or drawings depicting buildings, bridges, stairs,
chimney, fountains, etc.
7 500 €
GEOMETRY AND ARCHITECTURE].
68. [CARON (PIERRE LE). PLATEARIUS (MATTHAEUS)]. -LE GRANT HERBIER EN FRANÇOIS. CONTENANT LES
QUALITEZ, VERTUS, PROPRIÉTEZ DES HERBES, ARBRES, GOMMES & SEMENCES. EXTRAICT DE PLUSIEURS TRAICTEZ DE
MEDICINE COMME DE AVICENNE, DE RASIS, DE CONSTANTIN DE ISAAC & PLATAIRE, SELON LE COMMUN USAGE.
BIEN CORRECT. Imprimé à Paris, par Pierre le Caron. [1498-1499]. 1 vol. folio. 126 ll. (double column, 52-53 lines),
308 wood engravings, printer device on title page and on recto of colophon leaf. 18th century full vellum (tinted in green).
Utmost scarce incunabula Parisian edition of the famous “Grant Herbier en François”, which was used as a model for the
following editions. Only referenced copy in private hands of this work by Pierre Le Caron, who was the first to illustrate it
with French woodcuts.
The first French edition of the book, entitled “Arbolaire”, was published in Besancon (1486-88) by Petrus Metlinger. In
contradiction to the tradition which wants that the French herbarium were translations of German texts, the “Arbolaire” is a
French translation of the “Antidotarium”, “Circa Instans” by Mattheus Platearius (cf. Meyer, “Geschischte der Botanik”).
Matthaeus Platearius was a physician from the medical school at Salerno, he is told to be the author of a 12th century Latin
manuscript regarding the use of medicinal herbs: « Circa Instans » or : « Liber Simplici Medicina ». 264 of the 474 chapters
of the present “Grant Herbier en François” come from this work. The prolog of the “Grant Herbier en François” says: “En
cette présente besogne est notre propos et intention de traiter des simples médecines. Et est à savoir que la médecine des
simples est dite simple pour ce qu’elle est telle que nature l’a produite et formée. ” The Besancon edition by Metlinger
(“Arbolaire”) is illustrated with German woodcuts (from “Gart des Gesundheit” or “Hortus Sanitatis”. For practical reasons,
this kind of work was profusely illustrated. The first Parisien edition, ten years later by Le Caron, is the first to be illustrated
with French woodcuts. It is scarce, but not as scarce as the following edition (the present copy): only three libraries reference
this corrected and enhanced version. According to our researches, the present copy would be the only one in private hands.
The corrections are important, among them: Le Caron removed one woodcut, added three more (308 illustrations, vs 306
in the 1498 edition), the presentation of the text is not the same (52-53 lines vs 46). The following editions of the 16th
century were based on this version. The extensive index which is printed on the lastest 16 pages, lists the plants according to
their medicinal use; prescriptions against nervous diseases are followed by a list of plants recommended for the eye, ear,
nose, teeth, stomach, skin, etc. Then the herbs are listed in alphabetical order. The 308 woodcuts of plants and animals are
printed within a line border and are here extant in brilliant impressions. Utmost rare and precious copy of this cornerstone
book in history of French printed herbarium.
57 000 €
69. CASSINI (JEAN-DOMINIQUE IV). -VOYAGE FAIT PAR ORDRE DU ROI EN 1768, POUR ÉPROUVER LES MONTRES
MARINES INVENTÉES PAR M. LE ROY, PAR M. CASSINI, FILS. A Paris, rue Dauphine, Chez Charles-Antoine
Jombert, Libraire du Roi pour l'Artillerie & le Génie, à l'Image Notre-Dame. M. DCC. LXX. 1770. 1 vol. 4to. 1
folding map, 9 folding plates. Ancient boards. First and only edition of the account of the second travel to trial Pierre Le
Roy's chronometer, in America and Morocco. The author, Jean-Dominique Cassini (1748-1845), was the astronomer of the
expedition. In the first part, he describes the travel, with interesting developments on cod fishing in Newfound-land, and
Salé in Morocco. In the second he gives a very detailed report of his astronomical observations (“telles que je les ai
rapportées dans le registre original remis à l’académie“, Preface). The third is devoted to the use of naval chronometer. Fine
copy.
5 200 €
70. CHAPPE D'AUTEROCHE (JEAN). -VOYAGE EN CALIFORNIE POUR L'OBSERVATION DU PASSAGE DE VÉNUS
SUR LE DISQUE DU SOLEIL, LE 3 JUIN 1769. A Paris, chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1772. 1 vol. 4to. 1 folding plan
of Mexico city, 1 folding table, 3 engraved plates. Contemporary full calf. First edition of one of the earliest scientific mission
in California, sent by the French Académie des Sciences to observe the Transit of Venus in 1769. Sabin describes the
account as: ''A thrilling account of a race against time to reach Lower California before the transit of Venus occurred. After
nerve-racking delays, which began in Spain, and narrow escapes from disaster, the goal was reached late in May. Two days
after the transit was observed a malignant fever spread through the little group and Chappe d'Auteroche [1728-1769], who
nursed the sick and dying, took it himself and died on the first of August." Fine copy.
7 000 €
71. COURTANVAUX (FRANÇOIS CÉSAR LETELLIER, MARQUIS DE). -JOURNAL DU VOYAGE DE M. LE MARQUIS
DE COURTANVAUX, SUR LA FRÉGATE L'AURORE, POUR ESSAYER PAR ORDRE DE L'ACADÉMIE, PLUSIEURS
INSTRUMENTS RELATIFS À LA LONGITUDE. MIS EN ORDRE PAR M. PINGRÉ, CHANOINE RÉGULIER DE STEGENEVIÈVE, NOMMÉ PAR L'ACADÉMIE POUR COOPÉRER À LA VÉRIFICATION DESDITS INSTRUMENS, DE CONCERT AVEC
M. MESSIER, ASTRONOME DE LA MARINE. A Paris, de l'Imprimerie Royale, M DCCLXVIII (1768). 1 vol. 4to. 1
frontispiece depicting the Aurore, 5 folding plates (1 map). Contemporary calf. Fine copy of this account of an important
practical trial to perfect a method of measuring longitude. The present work is his report of a voyage in the frigate L’Aurore
- a vessel that Courtanvaux fitted out at his own expense to allow an accurate daily assessment for the prize offered by the
Academie for the first successful method of measuring longitude). The main contender assessed was the “Horloger du Roi”,
Pierre Le Roy, who invented a completely original marine chronometer in the 1750's, which he perfected over the next
decade and presented to Louis XV in 1766. In 1767 Le Roy entered his machine, which "embodied all the principles upon
which later marine chronometers were constructed" (Norman), in the Academie's competition. The present voyage between
Le Havre and Amsterdam was the first practical trial to which it was subjected. Le Roy was awarded a double prize in 1768,
for his chronometer and for his memoir describing it. Fine copy.
5 000 €
72. FLEURIEU (CHARLES PIERRE CLARET, COMTE DE). -VOYAGE FAIT PAR ORDRE DU ROI EN 1768 ET 1769, À
DIFFÉRENTES PARTIES DU MONDE, POUR ÉPROUVER EN MER LES HORLOGES MARINES INVENTÉES PAR M.
FERDINAND BERTHOUD. A Paris, de l’Imprimerie Royale, MDCCLXXIII. 1773. 2 vols. 4to. 4 folding maps, 2 plates
(1 folding), 5 folding tables. (Vol. II: pp. 1-8 missing). Contemporary full marbled sheep, « Ecole d’Hydrographie de St
Brieux », (stamped on the superior board). Rare first edition of the first work by Fleurieu, account of his travel to test
Berthoud’s marine clock, from Fleurieu’s library (stamps). Count Charles-Pierre Claret de Fleurieu (1738-1810) is one of
the most important figures of the history of French exploration. Statesman, scientist and navigator, he is closely involved in
the progress of the cartography and of nautical sciences of his time. He studied the marine clock with Ferdinand Berthoud,
and it is a clock of his master he tested in the campaign of the Isis, that took them in Cadiz, to the Canaries, in the
Caribbean, etc. The results for the cartography were beyond their expectations. The scientific nature of the voyage, explains
the rarity of the book. Fine copy, of interesting provenance of this rare work.
8 500 €
73. JACQUINOT (DOMINIQUE). -L'USAGE DE L'ASTROLABE AVEC UN PETIT TRAICTÉ DE LA SPHÈRE, PAR
DOMINIQUE JACQUINOT CHAMPENOIS. CORRIGÉ, ESCLAIRCY & AUGMENTÉ EN CETTE DERNIÈRE IMPRESSION
SUIVANT LA REFORMATION DU CALENDRIER PAR DAVID ROBERT DE S. LO EN BASSE NORMANDIE, FAISANT
PROFESSION DES MATHEMATIQUES À PARIS, PLUS EST ADJOUSTÉ À LA FIN UNE AMPLIFICATION DE L'USAGE DE
L'ASTROLABE PAR IACQUES BASSENTIN ESCOSSOIS. A Paris, En la Boutique de Hierosme de Marnef, chez André
Sittart au Mont S. Hylaire à l'enseigne du Pélican, M. DC. XVII. (1617). 1 vol. 12mo. many woodcuts in-text and 1
full-page. Bookplate. Contemporary vellum. Later edition, expended and updated, of the first French work on the astrolabe.
Jacquinot's publication, a clear and comprehenisve introduction in the use of the astrolabe, was based on Stoeffler's
Elucidatio fabricae ususque astrolabii. (Oppenheim, 1513). The author dedicated it to Catherine de Medici, then Dauphine,
"who in her scientific knowledge not only surpassed her contemporaries of her own sex, but also most men. In its
preparation he had the advantage of the advice of M. Paschal du Hamel, the Regius Professor" (Gunther). Two surviving
examples of Moreau's re-issue of Danfrie's astrolabe are to be found: in the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and in the
Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. Fine copy.
3 500 €
74. [LA BEAULUERE (L.)] MANUSCRIT, MATHÉMATIQUES. -ELEMENS DE GEOMETRIE. TRAITTÉ DES
PROPORTIONS. [SUIVI DE] GEOMETRIE PRATIQUE. Sans lieu ni date, [ca. 1716]. 2 vols. 4to, I. 187 manuscript pp. 25
folding engraved plates (by Vallet). II. 224 manuscript pp. 27folding manuscript plates (19 handcoloured). Contemporary
full calf. Fine set of two manuscript, theory and practice of geometry, illustrated with engraved (first vol.) and manuscript
(second vol.) plates. Fine condition.
2 600 €
75. LE GENTIL (GUILLAUME). -VOYAGE DANS LES MERS DE L'INDE, FAIT PAR ORDRE DU ROI À L'OCCASION DU
PASSAGE DE VÉNUS SUR LE DISQUE DU SOLEIL LE 6 JUIN 1761 & LE 3 DU MÊME MOIS 1769. A Paris, de
l'Imprimerie Royale, 1779 (I.), 1781 (II.). 2 vols. 4to. 27 engraved folding plates (including 12 maps). Contemporary
calf. First edition of this travel account, important for its scientific dimension, by Guillaume Le Gentil (1725-1792). Sent by
the Académie des Sciences in India to realized astronomical surveys, he spent 11 years travelling in Indian Ocean,
Madagascar, South-East Asia, India. This work, nicely illustrated, is full of interesting informations on ethnography, natural
history, astronomical observations, navigation remarks, etc. about Manille, Malacca Strait, India, Philippines, Madagascar,
Reunion, etc. Fine copy.
4 500 €
76. NEWTON (ISAAC). -TRAITÉ D'OPTIQUE SUR LES RÉFLEXIONS, RÉFRACTIONS, INFLEXIONS ET LES COULEURS DE
LA LUMIÈRE. TRADUIT PAR M. COSTE SUR LA SECONDE ÉDITION ANGLAISE, AUGMENTÉE DE L'AUTEUR. SECONDE
ÉDITION FRANÇAISE, BEAUCOUP PLUS CORRECTE QUE LA PREMIÈRE. A Paris, chez Montalant, Quay des Augustins,
du côté du Pont Saint Michel, 1722. 1 vol. 4to. 12 folding plates, 5 vignettes. Contemporary calf. Second French edition
(first quarto), better than the Amsterdam's one. The book is illustrated with 12 folding plates. Pierre Coste, Protestant, had
to leave France for England where he met Shaftesbury and Locke. They encouraged him to translate Newton, and his work
contributes to spread the English physicist and astronomer on the continent. Fine copy.
4 500 €
77. PICCOLOMINI (ALESSANDRO). -I. LA SFERA DEL MONDO DI NUOVO DA LUI RIPOLITA, ACCRESCIUTA, &
FINO A SEI LIBRI, DI QUATTRO CHE ERANO AMPLIATA, É QUASI PAR OGNI PARTE RINOVATA & RIFORMATA. CON
PRIVILEGIO. II. DE LE STELLE FISSE LIBRO UNO ; DOVE DI TUTTE LE XLVIII IMAGIN CELESTI MINUTISSIMAMENTE
SI TRATTA ; & NON SOLO LE FAVOLE LORO ORDINATAMENTE SI NARRA, MA ANCORA LE FIGURE DI CIACHEDUNA
N'APPARON COSI MANIFESTE, & DISTINTAMENTE DISPOTE, & FORMATE, COME A PUNTO PAR IL CIEL SI CON
PRIVILEGIO ; III. INTITULES CON QUAL GRADO DEL ZODIACO NASCHINO ET TRAMONTINO LE PRINCIPALI STELLE
DEL CIELO. I. In Vinegia, Apresso Giovanni Varisco, & Paganino Paganini, s.d. (vers 1595), II. In Venetia, Per
Gio. Varisco, & Compagni. 2 parts in 1 vol. 4to. Numerous in-text drawings, 47 plates printed on both recto and verso.
Contemporary full vellum. Together 2 important texts of Alessandro Piccolomini, Italian philosopher and astronomer
(1508-1578). Author in his youth of several comedies and translator of the Metamorphoses of Ovid, he was professor of
philosophy at Padua. In astronomy, he was a supporter of the Ptolemaic system. Those present are his two major works. His
"Delle stelle fisse" was the first printed star atlas, it is an important testimony of the astronomical knowledge of the time. Very
popular, the book saw at least 12 editions in the XVIth century. Our copy has a peculiarity: one of his ownera has crossed
diagonally with a pen just inked some pages and scratched the margins with large cross marks, in order to identify the pages
or passages he had read (?). This owner, at the bottom of the dedication leaf, dated 1564, noted that this year was the birth
of Galileo. Richly illustrated with many geometrical and astronomical drawings, 47 plates.
5 000 €
78. SAINTE-MARIE-MAGDELEINE (DOM PIERRE
DE).
-TRAITÉ D'HORLOGIOGRAPHIE, CONTENANT PLUSIEURS
MANIÈRES DE CONSTRUIRE SUR TOUTES SURFACES TOUTES SORTES DE LIGNES HORAIRES,
& AUTRES CERCLES DE LA
SPHÈRE. AVEC QUELQUES INSTRUMENS POUR LA MÊME PRATIQUE, & POUR CONNAÎTRE LES HEURES DURANT LA
NUIT, & L'HEURE DU FLUX & REFLUX DE LA MER (...). Lyon, Plaignard, 1691. 1 vol. 8vo. frontispiece and 72 plates.
Contemporary full calf. Fourth, corrected and enhanced edition of an extensive text book on measurements, proportions
and perspective. At the time, this work must have been a very popular school book (Houzeau-Lancaster listed seven editions
between the first in 1641 and 1701), but nowadays the book is uncommon and rare. Fine copy.
1 000 €
Miniature Books & Varia
79. [ALBERTUS PARVUS LUCIUS, DIT LE PETIT ALBERT]. -SECRETS MERVEILLEUX DE LA MAGIE NATURELLE
& CABALISTIQUE DU PETIT ALBERT, TRADUIT EXACTEMENT SUR L’ORIGINAL LATIN, INTITULÉ ALBERTI PARVI
LUCII, LIBELLUS DE MIRABILUS NATURAE ARCANIS. ENRICHI DES FIGURES MYSTÉRIEUSES & LA MANIÈRE DE LES
FAIRE. A Lion, Chez les Heritiers de Beringos Fratres à l’Enseigne d’Agrippa. M DCC VI. (1706). 1 vol. 16mo. 10
plates (5 folding), 4 illustrations. Quarter black morocco (19th century). Early French edition (the third) of this famous work
of magic recipes and formula. Fine copy of this scarce edition.
1 600 €
80. [ALMANAC]. -LES ROSES, ÉTRENNES AUX DAMES. SECONDE ÉDITION. A Paris, chez Rosa, Libraire au
Cabinet Littéraire, Grande Cour du Palais Royal, 1815. De l'Imprimerie de Fain. 1 vol. 24mo. 12 watercoloured
plates. Original publisher pink boards. Attractive book illustrated with 12 charming watercolours depicting various kind of
roses and poems. Grand-Carteret 1710: "This lovely little set was very successful and was reprint several times without any
change." Fine and fresh copy.
480 €
81. [RUSSIAN ARTS]. -[IVORY CARDHOLDER]. [Russie, ca. 1860]. 1 box (110 x 81 mm.) in ivory with silver rivets,
metallic clasp. Fine 19th century ivory cardholder. In the second half of 19th century the cardholder were very popular,
because of the generalization of the calling card. If men could keep their cards in the pocket, women had to have this kind
of object. The present item, certainly made by Russian craftsman (very typical motives and use of silver rivet), is very
delicate.
900 €
82. [CHOISNET (PIERRE DE)]. -LE ROZIER OU EPITHOME HISTORIAL DE FRANCE DIVISE EN TROIS PARTIES. EN LA
PREMIÈRE EST TRAICTE DEPUIS LA CREATION DU MONDE IUSQU’AU ROY PHARAMON PREMIER ROY DE FRANCE,
CONTENÀT LES GENEALOGIES DESCÈTES DES GAULLOYS OU FRÀCOYS, TROYENS, LATINS, ALLEMANS, BRETONS,
ANGLOIS, BREBANCÔS, ET AUTRES IUSQU’AUDIT PHARAMON. LA SECONDE PARTIE LAQUELLE FUT CÔPILEE À LA
REQUESTE DU FEU ROY LOYS UNZIESME QUE DIEU ABSOULLE, CONTIÈT PAR MANIERE DE CRONIQUE & PAR ANNEES
DISTINCTES LES FAITZ ET GESTES DES FRANCOYS, ANGLOYS, ESCOSSOYS, ESPAIGNOLZ, ET AUTRES DIGNES DE
MEMOIRE. LA TIERCE PARTIE CONTIÊT LE ROZIER DES GUERRES OU SONT CÔTENUS PLUSIEURS BÔS ENSEIGNEMÊS.
On les vend a Paris en la rue sainct Jacques a l’enseigne de Lelephant, Regnault, 1528. 1 vol. folio of XL ll.,
CLXXX ll. and IX ll., + [1] l. (Subscription with Regnault's mark). Contemporary calf, blind stamped, wooden boards.
Second edition, in a beautiful original binding of this historical treatise for Princes. Choisnet (ca. 1411-ca. 1484) became
King Louis XI physician and astrologer in 1466. He wrote several books intended to Prince's education. This Rozier is
illustrated with more than 250 wood engravings. Very fine copy.
18 000 €
83. [COLLECTIVE, SMITH (ARTHUR) - MANUSCRIPT]. -[ALBUM, WORLD WAR I]. Sans lieu ni nom, 19131929. 1 vol. 8vo. Contemporary green buckram. Commonplace book kept by Arthur Smith, entries dating from before,
during and after World War I, who writes as an introduction: "Yes, you may look at my book, And learn as you look, But
you must add something, To help fill my book." Approximately 34 pencil or pen sketches and watercolors, some humorous,
some by soldiers, a few of military interest ("The Water plane", 1913, and an officer at Ypres, 1915), 7 leaves with signatures
and details of soldiers serving or wounded in France, Ypres, the Dardanelles etc. Charming book.
700 €
84. DUBOIS (JEAN PIERRE ISAAC). [TAYLOR (JOHN)]. -LA SAINTE BIBLE MISE EN VERS PAR P. J. DUBOIS. A la
Haye, Chés P. Servas. 1754 (i.e. 1753). 2 parts in 1 vol. 32mo (48 x 34 mm.). Contemporary full blindstamped sheep,
gilded-blocked floral endpapers, gilded edges, marbled slipcase. Uncommon edition of this French translation by Jean
Pierre Isaac Dubois of the cornestone thumb-bible "Verbum Sempiternum" by John Taylor. Very pleasant copy, nicely
bound: with beatiful endpaper and slipcase.
1 200 €
85. FAVORAL (SIEUR). -LES PLAISANTES JOURNÉES DU SIEUR FAVORAL. OÙ SONT PLUSIEURS RENCONTRES
SUBTILES POUR RIRE EN TOUTES COMPAGNIES. A Paris, chez Jean Corozet, Libraire au Palais, sur le Perron de la
Saincte Chappelle, 1644. 1 vol. 16mo. Contemporary richly gilded tawny morocco, brass clasps. Rare edition of these
"Plaisantes Journées", where the author gathered witticisms, puns and pleasant anecdotes. According to Brunet, the first
appearance of this work is: "Contes et discours facétieux, recueillis par le Sieur Favoral" printed by Corrozet (1615), the
second "Facétieuses journées" (1618), and the "Plaisantes Journées" (1626 and 1644). The work, and this particular edition, is
still scarce (only three copies in public libraries according to World Cat). Very attractive copy, nicely bound.
1 400 €
86. GOLDSMITH (JOHN). COMPANY OF STATIONERS. -GOLDSMITH. AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR
LORD GOD, M.DCC.LXXX. BEING BISSEXTILE OR LEAP-YEAR. WHEREIN ARE CONTAIN’D NECESSARY RULES, AND
USEFUL TABLES; WITH A NEW CHRONOLOGY OR REMARKABLE EVENTS; ALSO, THE PROPER DAYS AND HOURS FOR
TRANSFERRING STOCKS AND RECEIVING DIVIDENS; AND A LIFT OF HOLIDAYS KEPT AT THE PUBLIC OFFICES.
CALCULATED BY JOHN GOLDSMITH. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and sold by George
Hawkins, at their Hall in Ludgate Street. Price 8d. Stitch’d. 1 vol. 24mo. Title printed in red and black. Contemporary
white morocco with inlaids of red, green and blue moroccos, boards and spine gilded. In the center of the superior board,
painted medaillion. Matching slipcase. Rare and sumptuosly bound almanac for 1780. (Only one copy for this year
referenced on WorldCat). Very elegant item.
800 €
87. [GRUEL (LÉON) & ENGELMANN.]. -LE NOUVEAU TESTAMENT DE NOTRE SEIGNEUR JÉSUS-CHRIST. REVU
SUR LE TEXTE GREC PAR DAVID MARTIN. AVEC DES PARALLÈLES. Bruxelles, au dépôt de la Société Biblique
britannique et étrangère, M DCCC LVII. (1857). 1 vol. 16mo. Contemporary full red morocco with metallic clasps,
red edges with golden stars (signed Gruel). Belgian edition of the New Testament, beautifully bound by Gruel. Léon Gruel
(1840-1923) one of the scarce binders who signed his works for these religious books. He is the author of a famous "Manuel
historique et bibliographique de l'amateur de reliure". Very attractive book.
900 €
88. GUARINI (BATTISTA). [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 tragiccomical 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.
1 200 €
89. LANTÉ (LOUIS MARIE) [ILLUSTRATEUR] ; LAMÉSANGERE (PIERRE DE). -COSTUMES DES FEMMES DE
HAMBOURG, DU TYROL, DE LA HOLLANDE, DE LA SUISSE, DE LA FRANCONIE, DE L'ESPAGNE, DU ROYAUME DE
NAPLES, ETC. ; DESSINÉS, LA PLUPART, PAR M. LANTÉ, GRAVÉS PAR M. GATINE, ET COLORIÉS ; AVEC UNE
EXPLICATION POUR CHAQUE PLANCHE. Chez l'éditeur [de l'Imprimerie de Crapelet], Paris, 1827. 1 vol. folio. 100
hand-colored engraved plates by G.-J. Gatine. Contemporary half morocco. First edition of this beautiful work on female
European's outfit. This book illustrate wonderfully the seminal collaboration between the three artists which answer the
feminine passion for elegance and fashion originality. Fine copy, large margins.
6 500 €
90. 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. 16mo. Engraved
frontispiece. Contemporary calf, nicely decorated with blind and gold stamped and painted motives. Very nice copy of this
book of poetry.
500 €
91. [MINUSCULE]. -CARNET
DE BAL. 1819. 1 vol. 64mo (49 x 31 mm.). 3 engravings. Contemporary green shot silk
cloth, jacket of mother-of pearl, first board with gilded frame, endpaper of green shot silk. Lovely dance card, nicely bound.
It presents three engravings by Bachelette and Jouvenceau with couples dancing, and four sheets, with various kind of
dances: Contredanses, Walses and Galops. Very attractive item.
380 €
92. [MINUSCULE]. -CHÂTEAU DE BLOIS. RELIURE AUX ARMES D'ANNE DE BRETAGNE. Ca. 1900. 1 miniature vol.
(12 x 9 mm.) of 2 metallic leaves with 6 photographs. Hinged metal cover with the arms of Anne de Bretagne. Very nice and
rare lilliputian album with nice views of the castle of Blois, the last dwelling of Anne de Bretagne, bound with her arms. “In
the early twentieth century, small metal-bound albums containing photographs were a fashionable way to bring home travel
memories. These souvenirs were published anonymously and pictured large and small cities throughout the world, though
views of Paris and London were the most common. Eight to ten pictures in a folding panorama or between hinged metal
covers include, for example, scenes of cathedrals and canals in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges. (…)”
300 €
93. [MINUSCULE]. -ETRENNES AUX GRÂCES OU LES PROVERBES DE CYTHÈRE. Sans lieu ni nom, 1819. 1 vol. (27
x 19 mm.). 8 engravings. Contemporary green morocco. Scarce and charming almanac which gives, as well as the calendar
for the year 1819, romantic songs illustrated with 8 finely engraved scenes. Poetic title, "Les Proverbes de Cythère" evoks
Aphrodite, who, according to mythology, was born on its shores. It is a very rare title (missing at the main bibliographies,
only one copy referenced by WorldCat) of the very popular French "Almanach chantant et galants" inspired by the Schloss
bijou almanacs. Lovely item, nicely bound.
850 €
94. MINUSCULE. -LE PETIT
PAROISSIEN DE L'ENFANCE. Firmin Didot, ca. 1820. 1 vol. 64mo. (30 x 22 mm.). 5
engravings. Contemporary full red buckram, two pieces of ivory on boards, cover entitled "Messe" with blue ink, all edges
gilded. Nice copy of this book of prayers, illustrated with five finely engraved plates depicting episodes from the New
Testament.
340 €
95. [EMBROIDERED BINDING]. -ETRENNES MIGNONNES. POUR L’AN DE GRACE DE NOTRE SEIGNEUR M. DCC.
XLIX. A Liège, chez Everard Kints, Imprimeur de S.S.E. & de ses Etats. Avec privilège. [1749]. 1 vol. 32mo. 11
full plates with coins. 12 blanck leaves. Needlework binding richly decorated with gold sequins and thread, the boards are
entirely covered by silver and gold thread with the exception of a painted medaillion featuring two different scenes of
hunting. All edges gilded. Marbled endpaper. Loevly copy of this Almanack printed by Kints for 1749. This wonderful
embroidered binding is one of the first of its kind. Very rare and precious item, in excellent condition.
5 500 €
96. [EMBROIDERED BINDING]. -ETRENNES MIGNONNES. POUR L’AN DE GRACE DE N. SEIGNEUR M. DCC.
LXXXII. DEPUIS LE COMMENCEMENT DU MONDE, 5731. DEPUIS LE DÉLUGE, 4053. DEPUIS L’INCARNATION.
1782. DEPUIS LA MORT ET LA RÉSURRECTION DE N. S. J. C. 1749. DEPUIS LA CORRECTION GRÉGORIENNE. 200. A
Liege, Chez la Veuve J. Dessain, Imprimeur Lib. près le Palais. [1782]. 1 vol. 32mo. 12 full plates with coins. 12
blanck leaves. Needlework binding richly decorated with gold sequins and thread, the boards are entirely covered by silver
and gold thread with the exception of a painted medaillion featuring two different courteous scenes in pale red hues : « Ainsi
je prête à ma beauté le serment de fidélité », « Pour le jour de l’an, ma douceur me sert de présent ». All edges gilded.
Lovely copy of this Almanack printed by Dessain widow for 1782. En plein dans l'âge d'or des Almanachs brodés en
Europe. Very rare and precious item, in excellent condition.
4 500 €
97. [EMBROIDERED BINDING]. -ETRENNES MIGNONNES. POUR L’AN DE GRACE DE N. SEIGNEUR M. DCC.
LXXXVI. DEPUIS LE COMMENCEMENT DU MONDE, 5735. DEPUIS LE DÉLUGE, 4057. DEPUIS L’INCARNATION.
1786. DEPUIS LA MORT ET LA RÉSURRECTION DE N. S. J. C. 1753. DEPUIS LA CORRECTION GRÉGORIENNE. 204. A
Liege, Chez la Veuve J. Dessain, Imprimeur Lib. près le Palais. [1786]. 1 vol. 32mo. 12 full plates with coins. 12
blanck leaves. Needlework binding richly decorated with leaf designs and flourishes in gold and silver thread, and sequins on
a white silk background, painted medaillion featuring two different women in blue and green hues in the center of the
boards. All edges gilded. Lovely copy of this Almanack printed by Dessain widow for 1786. En plein dans l'âge d'or des
Almanachs brodés en Europe. Very rare and precious item, in excellent condition.
3 500 €
Addenda
98. [ALMANACH] -CALENDRIER BELGIQUE POUR L'ANNÉE M.D.CC.XCIII. A Gand, Chez A. Colier, rue de
Bruges. 1792. 1 vol in-16° (110 x 65 mm.) de : [13] ff., 25-99 pp., [13] ff. (Pertes et Gains). 12 feuillets blancs intercallés
entre les pages du calendrier. Maroquin vert d'époque, dos lisse muet orné de trois petits fleurons dorés, plats ornés d'un
médaillon de soie blanche brodée de petites fleurs roses, avec des paillettes de cuivre, riche frise en encadrement et décor
dorés (feuilles de chêne, serpent et tête de lion) sur les plats, roulette dorée sur les coupes, tranches dorées, garde et
contreplat supérieur doublés de soie rose, et d'un miroir biseauté, soufflet doublé de soie rose au plat inférieur. (Petits
défauts d'usage, miroir terni et fendu). Glissé dans un étui de maroquin fauve, au dos orné de petits frises dorées, double
riche frise dorée en encadrement des plats, intérieur recouvert de papier dominoté. Rare almanach belge, en plus du
calendrier pour l'année 1793, quelques chansons, diverses informations telles que : le "Règlement du 24 avril 1766
concernant les vacances du Conseil en Flandre", "Départ des Messagers Ordinaires de la ville de Gand", "Départ des
diligences, des barques", "Départ des postes à Gand", "Liste généalogique des Princes & Princesses de l'Europe", "Noms et
Demeures des conseillers du Conseil de Flandre", "Docteurs en médecine", "Arpenteurs Jurés, admis au Conseil en
Flandre", etc. L'ouvrage se clôt sur une table permettant au possesseur de l'ouvrage d'indiquer pertes et gains pour tous les
jours de l'année. Ravissant exemplaire, très bien relié en maroquin vert avec un médaillon de soie brodée au centre des
plats.
1 500 €
99. [ALMANACH]. -DEN GROOTEN BRUGSCHEN COMPTOIR ALMANACH. Tot Brugge, by Joseph de Busscher.
1773-1788 8 vol. in-8° (162 x 103 mm.) Plein veau d'époque, dos à nerfs orné, filet doré en encadrement des plats, armes
dorées au centre des plats. Lot de huit almanachs, joliment illustrés de bois gravés pour les années : - 1773 ([8] ff., 266 pp.,
[3] ff.) - 1774 ([8] ff., 280 pp.) - 1777 ([8] ff., 288 pp.) - 1779 ([8] ff., 286 pp.) - 1781 ([8] ff., 5-260 pp., [18 ] ff.) - 1782 ([8] ff.,
264 pp., [12] ff.) - 1784 ([8] ff., 272 pp., [16] ff.) - 1788 ([8] ff., 272 pp., [14] ff.)
2 500 €
100. [ALMANACH]. -L'INDÉPENDANT. ALMANACH DÉDIÉ AUX BELGES. Au Temple de la Force, A Gand, Chez
G. de Busscher et fils, Imprimeurs-libraires, rue de la Catalogne, N°5 et chez L. de Busscher, Imp. de la Ville,
Marché aux Grains, N°13. [1830]. 1 vol. in-16° (108 x 66 mm.) de : 1 gravure en frontispice gravée et aquarellée, 34 ff.
Cartonnage à la bradel de papier marbré rose postérieur, pièce de titre de maroquin rouge imprimé en lettres dorées
contrecollée sur le plat supérieur. Brochage ancien de papier dominoté conservé. (Petites rousseurs. 1 feuillet rogné court
avec infime perte de texte dans la longueur). Rarissime almanach publié par Busscher en 1830, contemporain de la
révolution belge qui mena à la scission du royaume et à l'indépendance de la Belgique proclamée par le Gouvernement
provisoire de Belgique le 24 septembre 1830. En plus du calendrier pour l'année 1831, de nombreuses chansons
patriotiques et politiques : "la Parisienne", "Le Retour de nos frères, Chant patriotique" (Paroles de M. Baudot, dédié aux
Volontaires Gantois), "Les Trois Journées", "Marche des Belges, Chant patriotique", "La Nouvelle Brabançonne", "La
Marseillaise des Belges", "La Fraternité, Chant patriotique" (Paroles et musique de Charles Mondonville, Artiste et
Volontaire de Gand), "La Liberté belge". Quelques chansons galantes complètent l'ensemble. L'illustration se compose d'un
frontispice gravé et aquarellé, légendé "Il demeure droit comme un terme, sans rien dire il l'a contemplait". Bel exemplaire.
1 200 €
101. [ALMANACH. DESSAIN]. -ETRENNES MIGNONNES. POUR L’ANNÉE BISSEXTILE DE N. SGR. M. DCC.
LXXVI. DEPUIS LE COMMENCEMENT DU MONDE, 5725. DEPUIS LE DÉLUGE, 4047. DEPUIS L’INCARNATION. 1776.
DEPUIS LA MORT ET LA RÉSURRECTION DE NOTRE SAUVEUR J.C. 1743. DEPUIS LA CORRECTION GRÉGORIENNE.
194. A Liège, Chez J. Dessain, Imprimeur-Libraire, vis-à-vis du Palais. [1775]. 1 vol in-24° (95 x 54 mm.) de : [99] ff.
(dont 3 titres, 12 planches de médailles). 12 feuillets blancs intercallés entre les pages du calendrier. Plein maroquin rose
d'époque, dos lisse orné de petits fers (motifs de fleurs de lys), filet et frises dorés en encadrement des plats, figures dorées
au centre des plats (un homme fumant, un autre avec un arrosoir), tranches dorées. (Petits défauts d'usage à la reliure.
Quelques feuillets rognés un peu court, avec infime manque de texte : bordure). Joli exemplaire de ces Etrennes mignonnes
pour l'année 1776, comprenant en plus du calendrier, les "Naissances Des Rois, Reines, principaux Princes & Princesses de
l'Europe", "Valeur des Pièces d'or de France & autres" (illustré de douze planches de médailles), "Table de multiplication",
"Magistrature de la noble cité de Liège", etc. Bel exemplaire.
450 €

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