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Breton de la Martiniere, Jean Baptiste Joseph. La Chine en Miniature, au Choix de Costumes,... Arts et Métiers de cet Empire. Paris, Nepveu, 1811. Paris, Nepveu, 1811. 4 vols. 12mo. With 4 hand-coloured engraved frontispieces and 76 plates, all in original hand-colour. Contemp. French calf gilt, spines gilt-stamped in compartments with giltstamped Chinese figures, leading edges gilt, inner dentelle gilt. Marbled endpapers. Stored in custom-made cloth and marbled board slipcase.

EUR 4,500.00

First edition. - The plates, some of which are copied after G. H. Mason's "Costumes of China", include various costumes, punishments, musical instruments, weapons, boats, rice processing, puppet shows, professions (tobacconist, barber, toy-salesmen, etc.), hunting wild ducks, weaving cloth, porcelain selling, etc. While two additional volumes of the work were published in 1812, Colas states that "les quatres premiers volumes forment un ensemble complet." The title-pages call for a total of only 74 plates. - Some minor occasional spotting; extremities insignificantly rubbed. A beautifully coloured and bound set from the library of Jean R. Perrette with his bookplate on the pastedown. {BN#45763}
¶ Cordier (Sinica) I, 64. Lipperheide Le 23 (1524). Colas 433. Brunet II, 1225. Quérard I, 505. Cf. Lust 1243 (1812 English ed.).

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Chinese voyages to the west, based on Chinese sources, presentation copy

Bretschneider, (Emil). Notes on Chinese Mediaeval Travellers to the West. Shanghai, London, American Presbyterian Mission Press, Trübner, 1875. Shanghai, London, American Presbyterian Mission Press, Trübner, 1875. 8vo. (2), II, (1), (1 blank), 130 pp. With numerous Chinese characters in text and 3 wood engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary blind- and gold-blocked cloth.

EUR 4,950.00

First separately published edition of a work on Chinese travellers from the 13th century by the Baltic physician and sinologist Emil Bretschneider (1833-1901). The book opens with a preface and an introduction, followed by four chapters, each devoted to a different Chinese traveller or voyage to the west. Bretschneider starts each chapter with a brief introduction, followed by a translation of Chinese sources including many Chinese characters, mostly for Chinese names, cities, rivers, mountains, etc. The first chapter deals with the travels of the Taoist monk Qiu Chuji (1148-1227), who travelled to Persia and India in the years 1221-1224 to meet the Mongol Khan. The second chapter narrates the journey of a Mongol embassy, dispatched in 1259 to west Asia, and chapter three is an "account of Western countries", written by an envoy of the Chinese Jin dynasty around 1220. He describes the customs and culture of the "Mohameddans" he meets in the west, probably describing the city Herat in Afghanistan. The fourth and last chapter describes partly the travels of the Khitan statesman Yelü Chucai, who served Genghis Khan, to present-day Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The book closes with some corrections and an appendix. Bretschneider mentions in his preface that the text was first published in the Chinese recorder and missionary journal. Bretschneider worked at Beijing from 1866 tot 1883 as doctor to the Russian Legation. "His writings both on botany and geography are extremely valuable" (Couling), most of them dealing with China. - Presentation copy, with a note by the author to "V. Gauvain" in ink on first flyleaf. Title-page with some faint damp stains, otherwise in very good condition. {BN#47717}
¶ Cordier (Sinica) 2667. Couling 64.

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The Burmah Oil Company in early photographs

Burmah Oil Co. Photograph album. Burma, ca. 1904. Burma, ca. 1904. Oblong folio (420 x 312 mm). Contemporary half leather album of 56 large format photographs, ca. 27 x 20 cm.

EUR 9,500.00

A photograph album containing views of Burma, including images of the staff and works of the Burmah Oil Company, the majority uncaptioned, though several are captioned in the negative and a couple are identified by hand. The Burmah Oil Company was formed in Scotland in 1886 and by the early 20th century owned the largest oil fields in the British Empire, producing 90% of Burma's oil output. - The first eight images show group portraits of staff, the following 48 are topographical or portrait photographs, including views of oil fields, Rangoon, the countryside, an oil blaze and elephants at work. - Album slightly worn; 5 additional large format and 2 small photos (group portraits, a brass band, oil fields enveloped in smoke) loosely inserted. Overall in good condition. {BN#48292}

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Büsching, Anton Friderich. Auszug aus seiner Erdbeschreibung. Erster Theil, welcher Europa... und den nordlichen Theil von Asia enthält. Hamburg, Johann Carl Bohn, 1771. Hamburg, Johann Carl Bohn, 1771. 8vo. (4), 918, (170) pp. With engraved title vignette and 1 engraved plate (damaged). 19th c. half cloth over black boards with interlaced relief-stamped ornaments. All edges red.

EUR 50.00

An extract from Büsching's (1724-93) famous geographical description published between 1754 and 1792: a monumental work consisting of a total of 13 parts, 10 of which were written by the German theologian and geographer. The author's "merit lies in providing a description of the earth on a scientific foundation. Even if he only captured it political-statistically without discussing it physically, that is to say, from the historical and not from the natural scientific point of view, his work remains a great achievement" (cf. NDB). This extract is based on parts 1-4, treating Europe and Northern Asia, and was issued in 1762 so as to reach audiences unable to afford the complete edition. It contains descriptions of Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Prussia, Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Great Britain and Ireland. About half the volume, however, is dedicated to Austria and Germany. The descriptions contain geographical data as well as historical, administrative and economic remarks. Apart from informing the reader about a large number of towns in the given territories, the author also mentions important monasteries, such as St. Gallen, Worms and Fulda. The engraved view of Wiltzburg (with Weißenburg and Ellingen in the background) is preserved only as a fragment. Büsching's extensive work was continued by other hands until well into the 19th century. - Spine somewhat worn, small tear in the final page, a little brownstained in the front, otherwise well preserved. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to the front pastedown. Note of acquisition, dated 1975, loosely inserted. {BN#48842}
¶ VD 18, 90096819. Cf. ADB III, 644f. NDB III, 3f. Engelmann I, 16. Poggendorff I, 336. Haller I, 740 (Neue Erdbeschreibung 1754).

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Büsching, A[nton] F[riedrich]. Große Erdbeschreibung. Drei und zwanzigster Band. Asia. Erste... Abtheilung. Brünn, Joseph Georg Traßler, 1787. Brünn, Joseph Georg Traßler, 1787. Nur 23. Band (von 24). 557, (1) SS. Blauer Interimspappband der Zeit mit hs. Rückentitel und Bibliotheksetikett. 8vo.

EUR 150.00

Erste Ausgabe. - Vorwiegend zum nahen und mittleren Osten. Einzelband dieser Umarbeitung von Büschings bahnbrechender "Neuer Erdbeschreibung". - Der Theologe und Geograph A. F. Büsching (1724-93) wurde von einer Reise nach Petersburg, die er als Hauslehrer beim dänischen Gesandten Gf. Lynar mitmachte, zur Abfassung einer neuen Erdbeschreibung veranlaßt. "Büschings Verdienst ist es, die Erdbeschreibung auf eine wissenschaftliche Grundlage gestellt zu haben. Wenn er sie auch nur politisch-statistisch erfaßte, ohne sie physikalisch zu behandeln, also von der historischen und nicht von der naturwissenschaftlichen Seite, so bleibt seine Arbeit doch eine große Leistung" (NDB III, 3f.). "Er wagte es zuerst, genauere Nachrichten über den Zustand mancher Länder bekannt zu machen, die bisher als Staatsgeheimnisse verborgen gehalten wurden" (ADB). - Papierbedingt vereinzelt schwach gebräunt; der Einband leicht fleckig. {BN#13307}

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Büsching, A[nton] F[riedrich]. Große Erdbeschreibung. Siebenzehnter Band. Der chur-rheinische Kreis. Brünn, Joseph Georg Traßler, 1786. Brünn, Joseph Georg Traßler, 1786. Nur 17. Band (von 24). 554 SS. Blauer Interimspappband der Zeit mit hs. Rückentitel und Bibliotheksetikett. 8vo.

EUR 150.00

Erste Ausgabe. - In sich abgeschlossener Einzelband zu den kurrheinischen Gebieten (mit Mainz, Köln, Straßburg, Fulda, Zweibrücken, Hessen, Königstein, Worms, Speyer, Frankfurt etc.). Umarbeitung von Büschings bahnbrechender "Neuer Erdbeschreibung". - Der Theologe und Geograph A. F. Büsching (1724-93) wurde von einer Reise nach Petersburg, die er als Hauslehrer beim dänischen Gesandten Gf. Lynar mitmachte, zur Abfassung einer neuen Erdbeschreibung veranlaßt. "Büschings Verdienst ist es, die Erdbeschreibung auf eine wissenschaftliche Grundlage gestellt zu haben. Wenn er sie auch nur politisch-statistisch erfaßte, ohne sie physikalisch zu behandeln, also von der historischen und nicht von der naturwissenschaftlichen Seite, so bleibt seine Arbeit doch eine große Leistung" (NDB III, 3f.). "Er wagte es zuerst, genauere Nachrichten über den Zustand mancher Länder bekannt zu machen, die bisher als Staatsgeheimnisse verborgen gehalten wurden" (ADB). - Papierbedingt vereinzelt schwach gebräunt; der Einband leicht fleckig. Rücken mit kl. Schadstelle. {BN#13305}

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Büsching, A[nton] F[riedrich]. Große Erdbeschreibung. Zwölfter Band. Die vereinigten Niederlande, Schlesien... und Glatz. Troppau, Joseph Georg Traßler, 1786. Troppau, Joseph Georg Traßler, 1786. Nur 12. Band (von 24). 731, (1) SS. Blauer Interimspappband der Zeit mit hs. Rückentitel und Bibliotheksetikett. 8vo.

EUR 150.00

Erste Ausgabe. - In sich abgeschlossener Einzelband zu Holland und Schlesien. Umarbeitung von Büschings bahnbrechender "Neuer Erdbeschreibung". - Der Theologe und Geograph A. F. Büsching (1724-93) wurde von einer Reise nach Petersburg, die er als Hauslehrer beim dänischen Gesandten Gf. Lynar mitmachte, zur Abfassung einer neuen Erdbeschreibung veranlaßt. "Büschings Verdienst ist es, die Erdbeschreibung auf eine wissenschaftliche Grundlage gestellt zu haben. Wenn er sie auch nur politisch-statistisch erfaßte, ohne sie physikalisch zu behandeln, also von der historischen und nicht von der naturwissenschaftlichen Seite, so bleibt seine Arbeit doch eine große Leistung" (NDB III, 3f.). "Er wagte es zuerst, genauere Nachrichten über den Zustand mancher Länder bekannt zu machen, die bisher als Staatsgeheimnisse verborgen gehalten wurden" (ADB). - Papierbedingt vereinzelt schwach gebräunt; der Einband leicht fleckig. {BN#13303}

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Büsching, A[nton] F[riedrich]. Hauptregister der allgemeinen Erdbeschreibung. Wien, Franz Anton Schrämbl, 1790. Wien, Franz Anton Schrämbl, 1790. Bde. 3-4 (von 4). Blaue Interimspappbände der Zeit mit hs. Rückentitel und Bibliotheksetikett. 8vo.

EUR 100.00

Erste Ausgabe. - Ortsregisterbände der Buchstaben M-Z (fehlen Bde. 1 u. 2, A-L) zu Büschings "Großer Erdbeschreibung", der 24bändigen Umarbeitung seiner bahnbrechenden "Neuen Erdbeschreibung". - Der Theologe und Geograph A. F. Büsching (1724-93) wurde von einer Reise nach Petersburg, die er als Hauslehrer beim dänischen Gesandten Gf. Lynar mitmachte, zur Abfassung einer neuen Erdbeschreibung veranlaßt. "Büschings Verdienst ist es, die Erdbeschreibung auf eine wissenschaftliche Grundlage gestellt zu haben. Wenn er sie auch nur politisch-statistisch erfaßte, ohne sie physikalisch zu behandeln, also von der historischen und nicht von der naturwissenschaftlichen Seite, so bleibt seine Arbeit doch eine große Leistung" (NDB III, 3f.). "Er wagte es zuerst, genauere Nachrichten über den Zustand mancher Länder bekannt zu machen, die bisher als Staatsgeheimnisse verborgen gehalten wurden" (ADB). - Papierbedingt vereinzelt schwach gebräunt; die Einbände leicht fleckig. {BN#13308}

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Cannabich, J[ohann] G[ünther] F[riedrich]. Lehrbuch der Geographie nach den neuesten Friedensbestimmungen. Ilmenau, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, 1832. Ilmenau, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, 1832. XII, 1138, (2) SS. Mit monogrammierter Holzschnittdruckermarke am Titel. Marmorierter Pappband der Zeit mit goldgepr. rotem Rückenschildchen. Dreiseitiger gesprenkelter Farbschnitt. Gr.-8vo.

EUR 75.00

Dreizehnte Auflage. - Der ev. Theologe und Geograph J. G. F. Cannabich (1777-1859) "studierte seit 1794 in Jena Theologie, Philologie, Philosophie und Mathematik und beschäftigte sich autodidaktisch mit Geographie [...] Seine geographischen Abhandlungen und Lehrbücher über Deutschland und Europa fanden weite Verbreitung" (DBE). Sein Hauptwerk ist das vorliegende, "unmittelbar nach den Freiheitskriegen auf Bestellung eines Buchhändlers in Sondershausen [...] nach den Gebietsverhältnissen des Friedens von 1815" verfaßte Lehrbuch, das "wol in mehr als 100.000 Exemplaren verbreitet worden ist" (ADB). - Papierbedingt durchgehend gebräunt. {BN#13129}
¶ Vgl. ADB III, 761. Sabin 10687 Anm.

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[China]. Photograph album. China, 1910-1917. China, 1910-1917. Oblong folio (306 x 252 mm). Contemporary half leather album of 230 photographs (average size 9 x 12 cm).

EUR 18,000.00

A remarkable collection of photographs showing China during the 1910s, the vast majority captioned in English. They include Shanghai, the Yangtze River, life outside Shanghai, Hong Kong, the River Canton, the canal between Shameen and Canton City, Canton, the five-storey pagodas and graveyards outside the Canton walls, Cheefo, Wei-hai-Wei, old Taku Forts and junks on the Pei-ho River, Changli station, Pei-tai-ho, Chien-Meng gate in Beijing, Chien-Men, the wall of Beijing, shelter for man guarding crops, kiaolang and soya crop near Beijing, the Beijing bell tower, the Race Club, yew trees, Temple of Heaven, the Pagoda at Yu-Chuan-Shan near Beijing, the Terracotta Pagoda and hills east of Beijing, the hills west of Yu Chuan-Pu, camel-back bridge in the gardens of Ya Choan-Shan, temples and lake in the summer palace, the Lama Temple courtyard in Beijing, the Pond Summer Palace, the Marble Bridge Summer Palace, looking up beginning of Pass Kalgar, foot of pass: carts and bullocks, the great wall on hills, camels waiting to be loaded at foot of pass, the riverbed forming a road; ascending the Nantow Pass, Messrs. Brisker, Hawkshaw and Horsely with the Lama Temple in the background, a view from the train near Kalgar, Men-Tou-Kou, a coal mine near Beijing, the Shan-Hai-Kwan hills, junks, fishing boats, a bluff seen from the harbour, Chinwantao, the old walled town on way to Hot Springs, the Great Wall of China at Shan-Hai-Twam, a steamer going down the river, a pontoon bridge to a Russian concession, Peizus waiting on tee to take passengers down the river, gardens, the Tientsin Club and station, the Tientsin Golf course, a fire at Liddell Bros., British soldiers leaving Tientsin for Tsingtau, international manoeuvres at Tientsin (spring 1914) showing Russian, British, French, Japanese, German troops, an icebreaker at Tientsin, the river near Canton, inside the Forbidden City of Beijing, Tai-Ho-Tien Forbidden City, a grotto temple near Shan-hai-Kwan, 13 photographs of Japan, a dam in the course of construction (Li-Shu-Shcen), the Regent Emperor (12th July 1917), Manchu troops in Beijing, the funeral of Yuan Shih-Kai in 1916, northern troops outside Tung Hua, Chang Siens soldiers, a flooded Chinese city, as well as eight photographs of Russia. - Album bumped at extremeties and lacks spine, a few leaves loose but interior very well preserved altogether. {BN#48289}

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[China]. Photograph album. China, ca. 1919-1941. China, ca. 1919-1941. Oblong folio (440 x 292 mm). Contemporary cloth album of 535 photographs. Various sizes, ranging from 5 x 5 to 13 x 22 cm.

EUR 12,500.00

A vast trove of photographs showing China throughout the 1920s and 1930s to the early 1940s, mostly captioned. Includes views of Beijing, the Summer Palace, canal, gardens, moat, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Pei Hai from the West, T'Ang Shan & Hei-Lung T'An (1922), Shih-Ching-Shan, Dagoba, Iron Cow, Goddess Kwan-Yin, Beijing 1940 P'ai Lou, Wang-Fu-Chin Ta Chieh, the funerals of Feng-Kuo-Chang and of Prince Pu Lun, Pei-Hai in winter, General Chang-Tso-Lin retreating from Beijing and Chian-Kai-Shek's troops entering in 1928, Shansi troops entering Beijing, celebrations of the Nanjing government taking over Beijing, skating on Pei Hai, aeroplanes, the Yellow Temple in Beijing, scenes at the Liu-Li-Ch'Ang Fair at New Year 1941, masked dancers at the Devil's Dance, Lama Temple, Chinese Games Beijing, the Princess Tomb near Beijing, Coal Hill, Beijing Club and Skating Rink, Europeans in Beijing 1937-40, Beijing Golf Club, Pa-Pao-Shan Course (1939), skating on the Pei-Hai, the West and North Gate, the Great Wall, house at 32 Ta Juan Fu Hut'Ung (1921), the British Embassy at Beijing, the Pagoda at Pa-Li-Chuang, Nian-Niagn-Miao Temple, Lung-Men-Ssu, Chien T'ai Ssu, Miao-Feng-Shan (1922), Pei-Hai and Dragon Screen, the Western Hills on the way to Miao-Feng-Shan (1932), the Citroen Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition, the Seann Expedition to Jehol ("up Nankou Pass by six wheeler 1930"), the bridge at Mi-Yun-Hsien, the Chin-Shih-Ling Pass, Ku-Pei-K'ou, the Potola Jehol, palace grounds, General T'Ang-Yu-Lin Governor of Jehol Province, officers of Jehol Army 1930, "to Shih-Chia-Chuang by Road with Major Lovat-Fraser 1929", Nank'ou Pass and Great Wall (October 1919), Ming Tombs, P'ai Lou, temples and fortress at Shih-Ching-Shan, Shan-Hai-Kuan views on the Shih-Ho, Grotto temple, Europeans and landscape at Shan-Hai-Kuan, ruins of Yen-Ming-Yuen, Beijing, destroyed by Anglo-French troops in 1860, the River Temple, "to Chai-T'ang with A. O. Buckingham 1919", Yung-T'ing Ho, Fo-Tzu-Ling, Pei-T'ai Ho (1938), the River Temple at Shan-Hai-Kuan, the Tower and Ocean Palace at Beijing, camels bringing coal to Beijing, etc. Also includes 7 loose photos of Ming tombs and 9 of ornate antique Chinese furniture, along with 24 photographs of the Phillippines and 16 of Japan. Finely preserved. {BN#48290}

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[China]. Photograph album. China, ca. 1926. China, ca. 1926. Oblong folio (501 x 302 mm). Album of 82 photographs mounted on 14 loose brown cardboard sheets, unbound, with blank cover sheet. Sizes ranging from 10 x 6 to 15 x 26 cm.

EUR 3,500.00

Photographs of the Summer Palace, Tan Chueh Ssu Monastery, a trip to Mt. Connelly (Ching Shi Chien) with views taken on the road from Wang Ping Kou to Men Tou Kou following the river, of Fengtien troops marching westwards to meet the Shanhsi raiders, the Tan Han Ling Pass with the temple, Pan Chiao-Erh, Tan Chueh Ssu main gate, Shan-Hai-Kuan (wall, gates and towers, temple precincts, surrounding landscape, trolley line), etc., many captioned in ink in English. - Provenance: From the collection of Johannes Gottfried William Schröder (1870-1942). Born in India, the brother of the German poet Rudolf Alexander Schröder grew up in Bremen, trained as a merchant and visited India, China, Japan, and America. He established his own business in Shanghai in 1906. His intimate knowledge of East Asia led him to embrace the philosophy of anthroposophy. {BN#48291}

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[China - Beijing: Khanbaliq]. Flemish / Dutch school. Cambalv. [Likely Antwerp or Amsterdam, circa 1590]. [Likely Antwerp or Amsterdam, circa 1590]. Woodcut ovoid roundel (60 x 75 mm), contemporarily trimmed to just outside neatline and contemporarily mounted to a larger sheet of paper (in excellent condition).

EUR 5,000.00

One of the earliest printed views of what is today Beijing: an unrecorded bird's eye prospect over 'Cambalu', or Khanbaliq (on the site of modern Beijing), the capital of China during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The Yuan Dynasty was founded by the legendary Mongol warrior Kublai Khan, who after conquering China proclaimed his new capital at Khanbaliq, although the city would not be completed until 1293. During the succeeding Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Khanbaliq was transformed into what is known as Beijing. Interestingly, as seen in the view, the walled rectangular form of the old city of Beijing is already evident in the design of Khanbaliq. Marco Polo visited Khanbaliq, but his description of its location was vague. For over two centuries thereafter Europeans were confused as to not only the location of "Cambaluc", but they even sometimes confused its identify with "Cathay" (China), thinking that it was the name for the entire country. This confusion was cleared up by the Jesuit Matteo Ricci during his first visit to Beijing in 1598, when he definitively identified Khanbaliq as the precursor to the modern Chinese capital. The present work is one of a series of 26 woodcut roundels of views and maps that were found together as collection. Charming, mysterious and apparently unique, in the absence of any accompanying documentation we are left to make educated guesses about their genesis. By all appearances they seem to be late 16th or early 17th century Flemish or Dutch woodcuts, probably proofs for vignettes to adorn the sides of an unrealized copper-engraved wall map (or maps). Indeed, this period saw the beginnings of the "carte à figures" wall maps that became all the rage during the 17th century, and which occupied an iconic place in the art world of the Low Countries. In the fluid and fast-paced environment of the large European print shops, it was common for artists to experiment with designs for copperplate maps by making woodcut proofs, as carving into wood was much quicker and cheaper. Only if the design was accepted for publication was it engraved into copper (an expensive and demanding process). The views within the roundels were generally predicated on the most authoritative recent sources. Many of the views are based on those published within the first four volumes of Braun & Hogenberg's "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" (6 vols., 1572-1618), the first great "town book", featuring bird's eye views of cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Inspired by Ortelius's ground-breaking world atlas "Theatrum Orbis Terraum" (1570), which featured all of the world's known regions in detail, this monumental endeavour featured 546 views and maps of cities. The views from the "Civitates" are imbued with profound historical importance as, in many cases, they are the first accurate and detailed views of many great cities and towns, and were the most popular and influential images of these urban centres available to Europeans during the late 16th and much of the 17th centuries. Other fantastic sources include Jan van Linschoten's "Itinerario" (Amsterdam, 1596), one of the most consequential books ever written, responsible for breaking the Portuguese monopoly on European trade in South and East Asia. Likewise, other views were borrowed from important and pioneering 16th century prints and manuscripts. The unknown maker of the set of roundels to which the present view belongs likely intended for them to serve as proofs for the vignettes adorning the sides of an intended "carte à figures" wall map (or more likely maps). The creation of such woodcut proofs was commonplace, although very few examples survive to this day, as most were destroyed once their incidental use had transpired. In any event, these woodcut roundels are a fascinating insight into the operations of a large cartographic workshop in the late 16th century. {BN#45982}

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Chinese Association for the Study of Ancient Bronze Drums. Ancient Chinese Bronze Drums. Peking, Wenwu Chubanshe [= Cultural Relics Publishing House], [1988]. Peking, Wenwu Chubanshe [= Cultural Relics Publishing House], [1988]. 4to. 232, 124 SS. Mit zahlreichen Textabbildungen nach Zeichnungen, teilweise ausfaltbar, einigen Tabellen, 4 Farbtafeln und 120 Tafeln mit meist 2 Fotoabbildungen. Originaler Halbleinenband.

EUR 1,500.00

Erste Ausgabe. Der 1957 gegründete Wenwu Chubanshe ist ein auf chinesische Archäologie spezialisierter Verlag, der seither fast alle wichtigen Werke zum Thema veröffentlichte. Gezeigt werden Bronzetrommeln in allen Variationen. Die Textabbildungen zeigen hauptsächlich Details und Muster. Text bis auf eine kleine Zusammenfassung chinesisch. {BN#45433}

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[Circumnavigation Expedition of the Corvette Saida]. 156 photographs documenting the 1884-1886 mission of the... Imperial corvette Saida. Aden, Bahia, Cape Town, Ceylon, Fiji, Java, Morocco, Melbourne, New Zealand, Singapore, Tanga, Victoria and other places, 1884-1886. Aden, Bahia, Cape Town, Ceylon, Fiji, Java, Morocco, Melbourne, New Zealand, Singapore, Tanga, Victoria and other places, 1884-1886. Albumen prints (vintage), mostly measuring ca 90 x 57 to 236 x 294 mm, pasted on a total of 98 backing cardboards (490 x 325 mm) with captions in black ink. Includes three composite panoramic views of Aden, Bahia, and Sydney. Stored in two contemporary marbled portfolios.

EUR 15,000.00

Fine photo documentation of the 16-month circumnavigation expedition of His Majesty's Ship Saida, the last sailing vessel launched by the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Navy, in well-preserved original vintage prints from the glass negatives. The "instructional voyage" commanded by captain Heinrich Fayenz served the practical training of the naval cadets, but was also intended to facilitate political and trade interests as well as the collection of ethnographic and scientific specimens, to improve cartography, and to record hydrographic and meteorological conditions (cf. Palla, p. 17). "The Hydrographic Office supplied a camera and tripod, tasking the mission with photographing 'landscapes, buildings, and types of races'" (cf. ibid., p. 18). To this end, the ensign Felix Falzari (later a librettist for Franz Lehár) was instructed in the art of photography by Wilhelm Burger, who had previously recorded the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition. The photographs show landscapes and views of cities, buildings and routes of transportation, the local population, as well as life aboard the ship. Areas visited include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Java. Unsigned, though some prints show a caption in the negative. A splendid ensemble, formerly in the collection of the Viennese publisher Christian Brandstätter. - Original 1880s backing cardboard insignificantly bumped or chipped along edges; prints appealingly sepia-toned, the vast majority showing crisp contrast. Mostly unpublished, though a number of the photographs have been illustrated in the account of the voyage written by Rudi Palla (cf. below), to whom Brandstätter had granted access to his archives. {BN#49285}
¶ Cf. Rudi Palla, Die Weltreise Seiner Majestät Korvette Saida in den Jahren 1884-1886 (Vienna 2011) [a copy of which is included].

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Closen, Karl von. Bemerkungen über die von der deutschen Nationalversammlung angenommenen... §§ 2 und 3 des Verfassungs-Entwurfs mit besonderer Rücksicht auf das Verhältnis von Oesterreich zu Deutschland. Frankfurt a. M., J. D. Sauerländer, 1848. Frankfurt a. M., J. D. Sauerländer, 1848. 72 SS. Bedruckte Originalbroschur. 8vo.

EUR 250.00

Freiherr von Closen (1786-1850), der sich im bayerischen Landtag als Vertreter der ständischen Rechte hervortat, wurde von Ludwig I. wegen Majestätsbeleidigung verfolgt, weil er angeblich ein revolutionäres Gedicht verbreitet haben sollte. Durch Inhaftierung und lange Verfahrensdauer bekannt, wurde er 1848 in das Frankfurter Parlament und zum Mitglied des Fünfziger-Ausschusses gewählt und engagiert sich für die großdeutsche Lösung. - Rücken berieben. {BN#31893}

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Clüver, Philipp. Introductionis in universam geographiam, tam veterem quàm novam,... libri VI. Acceßit P. Bertij breviarium orbis terrarum. Amsterdam, Elzevir, 1659. Amsterdam, Elzevir, 1659. 12mo. 352 (including the engraved title-page), 70, (10) pp. With 3 folding engraved plates and 1 folding letterpress table. Contemporary blindstamped vellum over thin wooden boards with handwritten spine title and green ribbons.

EUR 850.00

First edition thus as published by the Elzeviers of Amsterdam: a compact copy of this prominent work by the founder of historical geography, the German historian and cartographer Clüver (1580-1622) which first appeared in 1624. It is divided into 6 books, with the first book giving an account of the planet Earth, including a discussion of its climate zones, its rotation, remarks about navigation at sea and signs of the zodiac, while the following books describe various countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The plates show circles of longitude and latitude, the winds of the Mediterranean, cardinal directions and measures of distance. Also, the present edition includes the "Breviarium totius orbis terrarum" by the Flemish geographer Peter Bertius (1565-1629), further describing various countries and providing a list of Roman and Holy Roman Emperors. The small 12mo format is a characteristic of the books issued by the famous Elzevir printing and publishing house and soon became very desirable among bibliophiles. - With shelfmarks to the pastedown and the lower flyleaf. Binding rubbed, brownstained. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his signed and stamped ownership, dated 1982, to the flyleaf. {BN#48971}
¶ Willems 1242. Cf. Graesse II, 204 (1729 ed.). Pieters 261 (different collation). Sabin 13085. Ebert I, 374 (other eds.).

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Crasset, Jean, SJ. Außführliche Geschicht der in dem äussersten Welt-Theil gelegenen... Japonesischen Kirch. Augsburg, Franz Anton Ilger, 1738. Augsburg, Franz Anton Ilger, 1738. Folio (215 x 320 mm). 2 pts. in 1 vol. (24), 534, 559, (1) pp. (313-320 counted as columns). Title page printed in red and black. With 9 engr. plates. Contemp. blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards (wants clasps).

EUR 3,950.00

First German edition of this history of the Jesuit mission in Japan, first published in 1689. Accounts of the country, its inhabitants, and their customs. The plates show costumes, buildings and scenes of martyrdom. Although the book was widely translated, the Catholic church curiously took exception to it: "Crasset's history was scarcely original, for it was drawn in great part from the work which Father Solier had issued in 1627; he merely retouched the style and continued the narrative from 1624 to 1658. The objection is made that the work lacks precision, is heavy, and is crowded with details. The author attributed the origin of the persecution of 1597 to the imprudence of the friars in making their religious ceremonies too public" (Cath. Ency. IV, 468). - Binding well-preserved. Title page and gutter near end show insignificant worming (no loss to text); slight brownstaining. From the library of the Canons Regular in Polling, Upper Bavaria, secularized in 1803 (their engr. bookplate, dated 1744); later stamp of the Bad Tölz Franciscan monastery (closed in 2008) on title page. {BN#29703}
¶ Alt-Japan Kat. 379. Cordier 401. De Backer/Sommervogel II, 1641, 21. Fromm 6191. Laures 612. Streit VI, 1441.

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Royal presentation copy

[Dahlbergh, Erik]. Suecia antiqua et hodernia. [Stockholm, 1693-1714]. [Stockholm, 1693-1714]. Large oblong folio. 3 vols. in 1. 354 engravings on 321 plates (some folding). 13 pp. index. Marbled brown calf with double borders of six different rolls (gilt-stamped tendrils, blossoms, and fleurs-de-lis) and double fillets, gilt-stamped label to richly gilt spine, leading edges and inner dentelle gilt, marbled endpapers and matching fore-edge marbling.

EUR 18,000.00

First edition of this splendid collection of Swedish views. In a master binding by the Swedish bookbinder Gustaf Hedberg (1859-1920). - The first copies of this work, printed at the cost of the Swedish king, were given away by the royal family; it was not for sale until 1772. The present copy is one of the few ones with the plates bound flat in oblong folio (instead of folded in large oblong 4to), for which the plates frequently had to be mounted within paper borders or remargined to ensure a uniform large oblong folio format. - Hinges imperceptibly restored. Interior slightly fingerstained and with professionally restored tears; altogether a well-preserved copy of the rare plano edition; plates in early, bold impressions. {BN#13151}
¶ Brunet V, 578. Graesse Vi, 519. Ebert 21882. Hiler 211. Ornamentstichslg. Bln. 2256. Lipperheide Haa 3. Thieme/B. VIII, 276. Collijn 1600-talet 197. Warmholtz 207. Avery AH485. AKL XXIII, 421.

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The invention of America

De Bry, Theodor. [The Great American Voyages]. Vols. 1-9 plus variant... duplicate volumes of IV and VIII, in all 11 volumes, bound in 9. Mixed editions/issues, mixed German and Latin text. Frankfurt/Oppenheim, 1591-1625. Frankfurt/Oppenheim, 1591-1625. Folio. Bound in 9 uniform magnificent late 19th century full green morocco bindings with gilt centrepieces, gilt lines to edges of boards and gilt line-frames to inside of boards. All edges gilt and all volumes signed W. Pratt.

EUR 185,000.00

A lovely set, exquisitely and uniformly bound, magnificently restored in the most gentle and respectful of manners, of the entire original run of De Bry's "Great American Voyages" (supplied by extra variant copies of volumes IV and VIII), the magnificent work that is responsible for shaping the European image of the New World, inventing it in the minds of the masses. Presenting a broad view of European conquests in America and the first contact with the American Indians, De Bry's Great American Voyages represents the first attempt to introduce in Europe - and on a large scale - a pictorial image of the New World as a whole. With it, the first iconography of the American Indian had been created, and most Europeans glimpsed for the first time the wonders of the New World in the illustrations present here. For more than a century, the European view of the New World was dominated by the present work. Theodor de Bry himself published the first six parts (in German and Latin simultaneously), and after his death, his widow and his two sons issued the three following parts. "It appears that they intended to stop there" (Sabin III, 20). However, 17 years later, Johann Theodor decided to publish another three volumes (1619-24). These are not present here. The present set is a mix of the German and Latin volumes (which appeared simultaneously), and as always in a mix of editions and issues. Due to the great scarcity as well as the complex bibliographical nature of "The Great American Voyages", no sets of this great work are said to be alike. They are always made up of different languages, editions, and issues, and there is said to be no such thing as a "complete set". Copies of sets are almost always in very poor condition. - With the book plate of John Jay Paul (dated 1913 and 1914) to each volume, and each volume with a tipped-in manuscript note describing issue points and/or the main restoration work (one dated 1919). - Gentle washing, pressing, and a few restorations; some maps neatly mounted, 2 maps supplied in facsimile (being the map in both copies of vol. VIII, which is not always present and thus technically not lacking), and a few leaves supposedly supplied from other copies. Occasional slight cropping. All in all a very handsome and well preserved copy. {BN#44567}

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