16th century student's album
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[Album amicorum]. Friendship album of Georg Prandstettner (Brandstettner). Mostly Perugia, but including Rome, Siena, and Venice, 1595-1598. Mostly Perugia, but including Rome, Siena, and Venice, 1595-1598. 181 (instead of 185) unnumbered leaves. With 29 gilt-raised armorial goaches and one leaf of so-called "Turkish marbled paper". Contemporary vellum, wanting bands.

EUR 9,500.00

Still-appealing student's friendship album of the late 16th century with remarkable later provenance. The owner was Georg Brandstettner from Vienna, whose time at the University of Perugia - lasting at least two years - is documented by numerous entries of his colleagues there, many decorated with coats of arms. Brandstettner's travels to Venice, Siena, Rome, and Innsbruck are also documented. Among the contributors are Count Johannes Hohenzollern, Barons Johannes Rudolf and Johannes Degenhard von Khuen, Christoph von Gemmingen, Kaspar Zoller von Zollerhausen, Johannes Schedler, Ferdinand von Schurff, Johannes Georg von Kuenburg, Georg von Kuenburg, Johannes von Esch, Friedrich von Ilsung, Wilhelm Reckher the Younger, Adam von Hallegg, Rudolf von Preysing, Johann Jakob von Schad, Johannes von Ketteler, Jakob von Welser the Younger, Konrad Schilling von Canstein, Georg Baumgartner, Magnus Holde, Georg Brandenstein, Georg Gebel, and Eustachius Luchs. - The album's only non-armorial illustration today forms a single-leaf exhibit at the Munich Municipal Museum: this depiction of a pair of dancers was removed together with three further, unillustrated leaves, apparently soon after the album was sold at Hartung & Karl's 1975 auction no. 12 (lot 37). The album does, however, retain the lead of coloured paper inserted after fol. 165, the watermark of which identifies this as an early specimen of western paper marbling. - Provenance: 1. library of J. Riedl; 2. collection of Franz Trau; 3. library of Walter Amon (his bookplate on pastedown); 4. Hartung & Karl, sale 3 (1973), lot 22; 5. Hartung & Karl, sale 12 (cf. above). - Modern endpapers; first and last leaf professionally repaired, otherwise finely preserved with few traces of fingerstaining.
¶ Georg Wacha, Stammbücher aus Oberösterreich. In: Oberösterreichische Heimatblätter 28 (1974), S. 78-83, 80. Wolfgang Klose, Corpus Alborum Amicorum - CAAC. Beschreibendes Verzeichnis der Stammbücher des 16. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart 1988 (Hiersemanns Bibliographische Handbücher, 8), S. 176.

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Dos-à-dos friendship album, with an entry in Chinese by the famous traveller Schmalkalden
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[Album amicorum]. Dos-à-dos double friendship album of Anton Günther Kirchberger... and his son Johann Günther Kirchberger. Augsburg, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Gießen, Hamburg, Jena, Tübingen, Magdeburg and other places, 1608-1660s. Augsburg, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Gießen, Hamburg, Jena, Tübingen, Magdeburg and other places, 1608-1660s. 8vo. A total of 488 ff. with 382 entries, 54 coloured coats of arms (some raised in gilt), 3 costume illustrations, 2 allegorical illustrations, 1 coloured drawing and 1 lightly coloured pen-and-ink sketch. - I: 219 ff. with 218 entries, including 32 coats of arms (one on the reverse of the loose marbled endpaper), 2 costume illustrations (a fragmented), 1 allegorical illustration and 1 example of musical notes (f. 208). - II: 269 ff. with 164 entries, 22 coats of arms, 1 costume illustration (Livonian peasant couple, f. 220), 1 coloured landscape, 1 allegorical illustration, 1 pen-and-ink drawing, party coloured (2 Chinese costumes, inscribed in Kanji, f. 266). Dos-à-dos binding in full brown calf over wooden boards with owners' initials ("AGKAT" and "IGKLT") within giltstamped borders.

EUR 25,000.00

Anton Günther Kirchberger (b. 1588, d. after 1652) began this album around the age of 20 (adding a full-page autobiographical introduction in later years). He served as municipal secretary and court clerk in Langensalza (Thuringia) from 1619 to 1632, later entering the services of Duke Wilhelm IV and Duke Ernst I of Saxony-Gotha. The second album, which is bound dos-à-dos with the first, belongs to his son, Johann Günther Kirchberger (1628-1674), consistorial secretary in Gotha. In 1666 he married Elisabetha Sophia Marterseck, née. Glass. As the second album is dated "1650" on the cover, it is likely that Anton Günther Kirchberger was respondible for having this unique double friendship album bound: the leaves of the first album have been slightly trimmed by the binder (with insignificant losses to some letters near the edges). - Anton Günther's album is remarkable chiefly for the great number of Gießen scholars who count among the University's founding professors: the theologian Balthasar Mentzer (1565-1627), hailed as as "father of the University of Gießen", and the anatomist Gregor Horst (1578-1636), but also the classicist and Lutheran theologian Johann Debelius (1540-1610), the theologian Gregor Schönfeld the elder (1565-1627), Heinrich XVIII "the Read-Headed" Reuß zu Obergreiz (1563-1616; with coloured coat of arms), Johann Caspar Baron Schönburg-Penig (1594-1644; with coloured coat of arms), Johann Stephan Count Auersperg (1594-1620), Andreas III Baron Auersperg (1597-1632), the brothers Sigismund Friedrich Baron Herberstein (b. ca 1595) and Christoph Leopold Graf von Herberstein (1593-1667; with coloured coat of arms; a third member of the family, Georg Andreas von Herberstein, was previously unrecorded), and Simon Malfius (1585-1648), the statesman and chancellor of the Magdeburg Abbey, who had travelled 5000 miles in diplomatic capacities, including visits to Vienna and Denmark, and Ehrenreich von Weltzer (1589-1623), son of the like-named Ehrenreich Welzer (1560-1606) and nephew of the later commander of Vienna and Neustadt, Bernhard von Welzer (1573-1636). - Among the entries in the second album, that of Caspar Schmalkalden (1616-73) stands out: having visited South America and East India as a soldier in the Dutch army, he had authored an account of his journeys containing valuable geographical and ethnological observations with descriptions of the flora and fauna. Schmalkalden's entry is decorated with a gifted ink sketch of two Chinese men in local costume, inscribed in Chinese.
¶ W. Klose, "Stammbücher - eine kulturhistorische Betrachtung", Bibliothek und Wissenschaft, 1982, vol. 16, p. 65ff., containing an extensive discussion of this album with a special focus on university history. - R. Seeberg-Elverfeld, Revaler Eintragungen im Stammbuch des Johann Günther Kirchberger, in: Ostdt. Familienkunde, vol. 7 (1974-1976), pt. 2.

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The European aristocracy of the 1850s
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[Album amicorum]. Friendship album of Princess Anna of Hesse-Darmstadt. Mainly Darmstadt but including Altenburg, Bad Homburg, Bad Kissingen, Baden-Baden, Berchtesgaden, Berlin, Erdmannsdorf/Fischbach, Frankfurt, Hohenschwangau, Munich and other places, 1852-1864. Mainly Darmstadt but including Altenburg, Bad Homburg, Bad Kissingen, Baden-Baden, Berchtesgaden, Berlin, Erdmannsdorf/Fischbach, Frankfurt, Hohenschwangau, Munich and other places, 1852-1864. 12mo (83 x 129 mm). 84 ff. containing entries by more than 230 personages. With one engraved devotional lace picture, one small pen-and-ink drawing, and one dried flower. Contemporary half calf over wooden boards; both covers elaborately decorated with ornamental plating and inlays of bone, brass, and mother-of-pearl (front cover very slightly cracked and brass plating loosened at the top left corner). Pocket in inside of lower cover; sheath with original thin pencil. Narrow gilt rules to spine. A single central clasp. All edges gilt.

EUR 18,000.00

Remarkable, wide-ranging friendship album of Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine (1843-65), only daughter of the Hessian general Karl of Hesse and Princess Elizabeth of Prussia. In May 1865 she married Grad Duke Frederick Francis II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin but died of puerperal fever a week after the birth of her only child. Both her parents as well as her later husband have signed her album. - The entries are mainly by members of the European aristocracy, including Archduke Albert of Austria-Teschen (1817-95), Czar Alexander II of Russia (1818-81), Princess Alice of Great Britain (1843-78), Duke Frederick of Anhalt (1831-1904), Countess Charlotte Fugger (1830-76), Gustav Prince of Vasa (1799-1877), Prince Henry XXII Reuss-Greiz (1846-1902), Helena Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Duchess of Orléans and Chartres (1814-58), Duke Joseph of Saxe-Altenburg (1789-1868), Joséphine de Beauharnais, Queen of Sweden and Norway (1807-76), Louis Philippe Albert d'Orléans, Comte de Paris (1838-94), King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1912), King Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811-64), Princess Sophie of Orange-Nassau, Grandduchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1824-97), Countess Théodolinde of Württemberg, Princess of Leuchtenberg (1814-57), Princess Therese of Oldenburg, née Nassau Weilburg (1815-71), Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe (1834-1906), and many others. The later "Swan King" Ludwig II has signed his name twice: once as a six-year old, together with his mother Marie Friederike of Prussia (1825-89), and again as a twelve-year-old, alone. Other entries by children include Mary Victoria Hamilton (1850-1922), who would marry Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1869, and the later ethnologist, zoologist and botanist Therese of Bavaria (1850-1925). Other contributors from the field of science and scholarship include the explorer Adalbert von Barnim (1841-60), the geologist Wilhelm von Branca (1844-1928), and the theologian Carl Heinrich August von Burger (1805-84). - Pages numbered in pencil up to p. 160 by a later hand. Provenance note on the final page of text (p. 133) by Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg (1850-1922): "This book belonged to the Grand Duchess Anna of Mecklenburg née Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt; it was later given to Duke John Albert of Mecklenburg in Dezember 1919 [...]".

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Bismarck, Tsar Alexander, Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth at the court of Napoleon III
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[Album amicorum]. Friendship album of Clothilde de la Rochelambert, comtesse... de La Bédoyère (1829-1884), with numerous entries by members of the European aristocracy. Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud, Compiègne, Paris, Nizza, Biarritz, Bad Kissingen, Schwalbach, Baden, 1864-1881. Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud, Compiègne, Paris, Nizza, Biarritz, Bad Kissingen, Schwalbach, Baden, 1864-1881. 4to. 34 ff., some written on both sides, irregularly counted, containing more than 250 entries (some pasted in). Red morocco with giltstamped borders and cover stampting inspired by the royal arms of Sardinia. Silk endpapers. All edges gilt.

EUR 25,000.00

Exceptionally plentiful friendship album owned by Comtesse de La Bédoyère, daughter of the senator Henri de La Rochelambert (1789-1863), wife of Georges Huchet de La Bédoyère (1814-67) and court lady to Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. Indeed, the first entry in the album belongs to the the emperor himself; this is followed on the same page by Eugénie with a quotation from Sophie d'Arbouville's poem "Je crois": "Je crois au Souvenir, au long regret du cœur, / Regret que l'on bénit comme un dernier bonheur, / Crépuscule d'amour, triste après la lumière / Mais plus brillant encore que le jour de la terre!" This is succeeded by the signature of the couple's only son, the eight-year-old Napoléon Eugène Louis; at the bottom of the page is a four-line German quotation from Schiller, which Napoléon III adds in Biarritz on 8 Oct. 1865. Another entry by Eugénie is on fol. 27r, and there are further entries by her son on fol. 21r and 27r (with a little drawing). - Two other noteworthy entries are on pages 21v and 23v: the first is by Bismarck, who signed in Biarritz on the 19th of October 1865, the very month when the secret negotiations between Prussia and France had begun over possibly coalitions before the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. The second, written at about the same time, is by Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern and his wife Antonia (fol. 23v). Leopold is considered a pawn of the high politics of his age. In 1870 Bismarck would urge him to accept the Spanish Crown, a move fiercely opposed by Napoléon III. Although Leopold quickly yielded, it was this affair that would ultimately spark the Franco-Prussian War. - The numerous other contributors include: Alexander II of Russia (9r); Amadeus I of Spain (16r); Isabella II of Spain and her children Isabella and Alfonso (17r); Sophie Queen of the Netherlands (8r); Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth (14r), as well as Elisabeth's lady-in-waiting, countess Caroline Hunyady (12v); Frederick Grand Duke of Baden, and his wife Louise (9a); Marie, Princess of Baden and Duchess of Hamilton (10r); Charles, King of Württemberg, and his wife Olga (37r); Frederick, Prince of Denmark (24r); Umberto I of Italy (7r); Marie Clotilde of Savoy (wife of Prince Napoléon, 7r); Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna of Russia (27v); Grand Duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and his wife Sophie Princess of the Netherlands (22r); Louis I of Portugal and his wife Maria Pia of Savoy (19v); Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg (13r & 17r); George, Duke of Mecklenburg, and his wife Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia (18r); Marie, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (4v); Adolf, Duke of Nassau (9r & 14v); Pauline, Princess Metternich (2v, 8v, 14v with her daughter Sophie and her aunt Hermine, 31r with her daughters Sophie, Antoinette Pascalina, and Clementine Marie, as well as Rosa, Duchess of Hohenlohe-Sternberg); Richard, Prince Metternich (9r); William I of Prussia and his wife Augusta (10r); Francis, Duke of Harrach (4v); Joseph Joachim Napoleon Murat (2r & 20v); Field Marshal Frederick of Wrangel (7v); the Duchess of Castiglione Colonna (known as a sculptor under the name Marcello, née Adèle d'Affry, 3v); Mélanie Renouard de Bussière Comtesse de Pourtalès (14v); Admiral Edmond Jurien de La Gravière (a four-line poem signed, 9v); Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff (28v); Gustav Prince Blücher von Wahlstatt (9v, born 11 Oct. 1837, knight of the Order of Malta); the Mexican monarchist and ambassador to the court of Napoléon III, José Manuel Hidalgo y Esnaurrízar (3v); the philosopher Elme Marie Caro (a three-line poem, 11r); the politician and economist Félix Esquirou de Parieu (a nearly full-page poem, 10v & 11r); the artist Gustave Doré (with a fine drawing, 11r); the writers Hortense Cornu (7v), Edmond About (28r), and Prosper Mérimée (19r & 20v); Princess Alexandrine Dolgorouky (1834-1913, the mistress of the Tsar, 2v, with two lines from Byron); Ignacio Álvarez de Toledo y Palafox Portocarrero, Conte di Sclafani (son of the 16th Duque de Medina Sidonia, 1812-78, full-page sonnet 22v); Alexandre conte Colonna-Walewski (14v; possibly with his second wife Anna Maria Ricci, daughter of count Zanobi di Ricci and Isabelle née Princess Poniatowska, signing "Maria Walewski(y)". The album's final contribution is a photographic reproduction of F. X. Winterhalter's well-known portrait of Empress Eugénie. - Binding slightly rubbed; interior shows occasional brownstaining, but altogether in excellent state of preservation.

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The "Wunderhorn" in contemporary morocco
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Arnim, Achim von / Brentano, Clemens. Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Alte Deutsche Lieder. Heidelberg, Mohr & Zimmer, 1806 and 1808. Heidelberg, Mohr & Zimmer, 1806 and 1808. 8vo. 3 vols. 470 pp. (4), 448 pp. (4), 253, (1), 103, (1) pp. With 3 engr. title pages as well as an engr. title and frontispiece to the appendix. Contemp. full calf with giltstamped spine labels. Spines lightly sprinkled red.

EUR 8,500.00

First edition of the principal work of German romanticism, one of the era's most beautiful and best-known publications. Includes the frequently-lacking appendix and all half titles. Without the printed main title page to the first volume, which was probably never published at all: Mallon notes that he was unable to verify a single copy containing it, adding that most copies lack both a main title and a half title. The half titles of vol. 2 and 3 have been mounted before the respective engraved titles. Due to their size, these beautiful engravings as well as the frontispiece to the appendix (all after and by W. Grimm and E. L. Grimm) are frequently found trimmed by the binder's knife, but they are intact in the present copy. Some slight occasional foxing due to paper, but altogether a very appealing and apparently entirely complete set. - Provenance: from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ WG² 6 (Arnim) & 9 (Brentano). Goedeke VI, 73, 12. Mallon (Arnim) 27, 36-38. Mallon (Brentano) 17, 25-27.

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"In the auto, from the author"
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Bernhard, Thomas. Frost. Frankfurt, Insel, 1963. Frankfurt, Insel, 1963. 8vo. 358 pp. Original cloth with blue spine label.

EUR 3,500.00

First edition of Bernhard's first novel. Punningly inscribed to the Hamburg pianist Ingrid Bülau, who had studied with him at the Mozarteum in Salzburg: "Im Auto / vom Autor / für Ingrid / Thomas / Jänner 64 / Hbg." - Provenance: from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ WG (2. ed.) 7.

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His first publication, inscribed
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Bernhard, Thomas. Auf der Erde und in der Hölle. Gedichte.... Salzburg, Otto Müller Verlag, 1957. Salzburg, Otto Müller Verlag, 1957. 8vo. 125, (3) pp. Original limp synthetic binding.

EUR 4,500.00

Inscribed copy of Bernhard's first publication: "Herrn Dr. Möstl herzlichst [...] Thomas Bernhard / 9. XI. 63".
¶ WG² 1.

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Illuminated with two miniatures
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[Biblia latina]. Biblia latina. Nuremberg, Koberger, 14. VI. 1478. Nuremberg, Koberger, 14. VI. 1478. Large folio (280 x 360 mm). Including Menardus monachus. (1), CCCCLXI, (6) ff., with two coloured historiated initials. 16th century blindstamped pigskin binding over wooden boards, wants clasps.

EUR 50,000.00

Koberger's third Latin Bible, printed with the same types as the second: in the splendic Gothic typeface which Koberger used exclusively for his Bibles; at the same time, the earliest type he is known to have used (cf. Klemm, Bibliogr. Mus., 722). The initial on fol. i shows the evangelist Mark with the lion; the tendril decoration reached from the upper edge (slightly trimmed) to the lower one, ending in a coat of arms bearing the monogram "S-A-B". The second historiated initial on fol. iiii shows the Fall from Grace (Adam and Eve in paradise, with the apple tree and the serpent in the centre); here, the tendrils reach as far as the lower third of the page and also end in a coat of arms. Very exactingly rubricated throughout; signed at the end: "91 Jo fec". Several handwritten ownerships to fol. A1r, some contemporary, others as late as 1876: the name and printed bookplate of "C. R. Earley, Ridgway, Pa." (1823-98). Several manuscript marginalia. Some slight browning to the gutter of the first few leaves, staining to upper edge of fol. i. Insignificant waterstaining to upper edge of several leaves; occasional foxing or tiny smudged inkstains. Handwritten marginalia trimmed in places, but altogether a crisp, wide-margined copy. Some staining to the mightly binding; edges as well as a crack to the upper cover have been unobtrusively repaired.
¶ Hain 3068. Goff B-556. GW 4232. BMC II, 415. Polain 648. Pellechet 2296. Oates 988. Hase 27.

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Famous navigational manual, with new views of the principal harbours
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Bougard, R. / Serres, John Thomas (ed. and transl.). 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 isles of Malta, Corsica, Sardinia, and others in the straits; and of the coast of Barbary, from Cape Bon to Cape 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 soundings [...]. London, printed by T. Rickaby for J. Debrett and the author, 1801. London, printed by T. Rickaby for J. Debrett and the author, 1801. Folio (285 x 447 mm). (2). II, 144, (6) pp. With 20 hand-coloured aquatint plates, each showing several coastal views, and 24 hand-coloured detailed plans on 12 plates, engraved by John Luffman. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards with giltstamped red spine label. Later endpapers.

EUR 15,000.00

First English translation of Le Sieur Bougard's famous and oft-printed navigation manual, the "Petit flambeau de la mer", which contains "the minute description of the coasts of the countries and islands indicated by the title" (Phillips). Crucially, this edition boasts a new and original series of illustrations, "beautifully drawn and colored views of the principal headlands, harbors, lighthouses, ports, etc. mentioned in the text" (Phillips), drawn by the English painter John Thomas Serres (1759-1825), who was created Maritime Painter to King George III. in 1793. In 1800 Serres became Marine Draughtsman to the Admiralty, and the sketches he made on his ensuing coastal voyages around Britain, France and Spain, and into the Mediterranean, were self-published in the present form, with the consent of the Admiralty (which purchased two copies). "The vast majority of the [...] 170 subscribers were naval officers. This may well be considered to be Serres's most important contribution to the arts of naval victory, both because it was a valuable aid to navigation and because it displays such consummate workmanship" (Tracy). The harbour charts are the work of John Luffman, who was active between 1776 and 1820 as an engraver, publisher, and goldsmith, and the "Naval Chronicle" published quite a few of Luffman's charts. - Slight wear to extremities. Occasional light spotting, neatly rebacked to style.
¶ Phillips 2852. Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature; v. 5, reel 22, no. 4. Tooley, Mapmakers I, 172. N. Tracy, Britannia's Palette: The Arts of Naval Victory (Montreal 2007), p. 232. Cf. Polak 1044; NHSM 69.

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In contemporary full calf
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Brentano, Clemens. Gockel, Hinkel und Gackeleia. Ein Märchen. Frankfurt, Schmerber, 1838. Frankfurt, Schmerber, 1838. 8vo. XIV, 346, (2) pp. With lithogr. title page and 14 full-page lithographs after the author's own designs. Contemp. calf with giltstamped spine title, covers and spine elaborately gilt.

EUR 5,000.00

First edition of the famous fairy tale, illustrated after Brentano's own designs and dedicated to a "little old grandmother" (meaning Marianne von Willemer). - The fine binding in the Romantic style is very slightly rubbed at the extremeties, corners slightly bumped. From the collection of the Prussian civil servant Heinrich Stinnes (1867-1932), the brother of the industrialist and politician Hugo Stinnes, with his characteristic autograph ownership and acquisition note on the flyleaf.
¶ WG² 26. Goedeke VI, 62, 43. Mallon 112. Borst 1856. Rümann 130 & 2562. Seebaß I, 275.

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Brewing Manual
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[Brewing] - Welhorn, Gregor, Ingolstadt brewer (fl. ca. 1786). Ganz trefliche höchstgeheime Wissenschaften, und vollkomene Explicirung der... höchst nutzbaren edlen Bierbräukunst. Ingolstadt, 1786. Ingolstadt, 1786. 4to (170 x 195 mm). German manuscript on paper. (2), 86 pp. (66f. and 70f. blank). Contemporary boards with cover label, dated "1786".

EUR 3,500.00

A brewer's copious recipe book in six chapters. Contains not only instructions for cleaning the barley and for preparing and fermenting malt, but also "secret articies" and "excellent arcana", such as "how to render a beer gone full sour quite pleasant once more". The principal text comprises pages 1 through 63 of the manuscript, paginated by an early owner; it is written by a single hand throughout in well-legible German cursive, including the three-page panegyrical preface. According to a note on the half-title (dated 15 Feb. 1786), the recipe book was compiled by Gregor Welhorn, "burgher and beer brewer in the electoral capital and fortress city of Ingolstadt". The original author, however, is revealed by the preface to have been Melchior Schlögl, "professor", "praxator peritissimus" (well-experienced brewer) and "one of Germany's most eminent brewing masters", who had written the book "with all its secret artifices and principal arcana for himself and his own use", "all described in the most minute detail in the year 1782". This "famous frater" is said to have been the brother of Vicelinus Schlögl, one of the "most eminent professors" - that is to say, of Anton Vicelinus Schlögl (1743-1811), a baker's son who was educated at the convent of the Augustinian Canons Regular at Polling near Weilheim and became professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Ingolstadt. The brewer Melchior therefore must be his younger brother (1752-88), a Canon Regular who took the monastic name of "Quarinus" and taught physics at the Upper Bavarian monastery Rottenbuch, undertaking meteorological investigations at the Hohenpeißenberg observatory (cf. Poggendorff II, 805). - The final leaves contain additional notes, apparently mainly dating from the 1790s, concerning the purchase of malt (along with other expenditures), further brewing recipes, or a recipe for driving away flies and mosquitos. A curious entry mentions the repudiation of the writer's wife after a mere three years of marriage: "on this same Saturday after St Willibaldus in 1797 I took her to her parents, but not on account of the magistrates, rather all by myself I did this" (p. 68). - Binding rubbed and bumped; wants spine. Some browning and brownstaining. Sewing somewhat loosened near beginning; two leaves cut out between pp. 82 and 83 (pre-dating the pagination).

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Medical sammelband, including the first edition of his "Apotherkerordnung"
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Brunfels, Otto. Reformation der Apotecken, welche inhaltet vil guter stück,... die eynem yeglichen fast nützlich sein [...]. Von edlen steynen, wie die zuken[n]en [...] Wie man Syrupen, Latwergen, und Confect machen soll, verteütscht auß dem Latein durch D. Hansen Eles. Strasbourg, Wendelin Rihel d. Ä., 1536. Strasbourg, Wendelin Rihel d. Ä., 1536. 4to. (4), LIV pp. With title woodcut and several woodcut initials. (Bound after) II: Ryff, Walther Hermann. Ein wolgegründet, nutzlich und heilsam handtbüchlin, gmeyner Practick der gantzen leib artzney [...]. (Strasbourg, Balthasar Beck), 1541. 4 parts. (224) ff. (last blank), (140), XC, (12) ff. (last blank). With 21 woodcuts in the text. Contemporary full pigskin over wooden boards with bevelled edges, blindstamped with evangelists' roll. 2 clasps.

EUR 58,000.00

I: Very rare first edition of this book on the equipping and the managing of pharmacies. A single copy in auction records (2011, Reiss, sale 142: 40,000 Euros, also bound in a medical sammelband). The pretty woodcut on the title page shows the interior of a pharmacy, with one apothecary taking over a client's recipe, another fetching a can from a shelf, and a third at work with mortar and pestle. - The humanist, physician and theologian Brunfels (1490-1534), "first in time and importance among the German botanists of the 16th century" (Garrison/Morton 279), turned to Lutheranism in 1521, after which he had to flee; Ulrich von Hutten found him a parish near Frankfurt. Later, Brunfels turned to Basel, where he earned an M.D. degree, and Strasbourg, where he published several works on pharmacy and paediatrics. - Slight brownstaining and waterstaining; a few occasional edge flaws. The lower margin of fol. 30 contains an extensive, roughly contemporary note on camphor: "Der recht natürlich campher wirdt also probiert: Nimm ein new backen brot als bald es auß dem ofen kommen ist, schneids mitten entzwei, leg den campher darein: so er wässerecht wirdt, ist er rechtschaffen, so er aber dierr und trucken bleibt ist er gemacht, sol wol bewart werden verschwinden liederlich, man soll in behalten in aine marmelsteinen oder Alabastunen geschirr, darzu gethan leinsamen [...]". - II: First edition of this copious medical manual. The woodcuts show babies in the womb, two Phlebotomy Men, the blood vessels of the head (used twice), and two different diagrams of the eye (one a cross-section such as it would be used three decades later in Alhazen's "Opticae Thesaurus"). Leonhard Fuchs would challenge the publication as an adaptation of his own "De medendis singularum humani corporis partium libri IV". - Old handwritten ownership on title page deleted; some browning and waterstaining. Slight worming to front endpapers; endpapers at rear have additional recipes in a contemporary hand. The pretty binding shows slight worming, otherwise well-preserved.
¶ I: VD 16, B 8567. Durling 730. IA 125.663. Muller 394, 6. Adlung/Urdang 83f. - II: VD 16, R 4007-4008. Benzing 115. Muller II, 312, 94. Ritter (Rép.) 2035. Waller 8350. Not in Bird, Durling, Lesky, Osler, Ritter (Cat.), STC, Wellcome etc.

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Across the Eastern Mediterranean
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Burns, John James Douglas, Scottish naval surgeon (1815-1894). [Naval logbook and diary]. Memorandum book. Mainly Eastern Mediterranean, but including South America, the Caribbean, London and other places, chiefly 1835/1836 to 1838, with a few later entries to 1844. Mainly Eastern Mediterranean, but including South America, the Caribbean, London and other places, chiefly 1835/1836 to 1838, with a few later entries to 1844. Small 8vo (100 x 155 mm). English manuscript on paper. 80 pp. (five days to a page, hand-ruled on blank sheets), with 8 pp. of printed matter ("a list of stamps, London bankers, interest tables, and other useful commercial information") bound first. Signed on the flyleaf (dated 1835) and on the title page. Original 1830s green roan.

EUR 8,500.00

A remarkable naval logbook and diary kept by the young naval surgeon John Burns, documenting the voyages of four Royal Navy vessels, the H.M.S. "Harrier", the "North Star", the "Carysfort" and the "Sappho", to Ottoman ports throughout the Eastern Mediterranean during the final years of the reign of William IV and the early reign of Queen Victoria. Burns's ships frequently called at Constantinople, Pera and Tarabya, but also anchored at Tunis and Algier, as well as Alexandria (on Christmas Day 1840). Several of his brief entries tell of encounters and relations with local governors and dignitaries: "[3 Aug. 1837] Received the Persian Ambassador on board"; [8 Aug. 1837] Received French Ambassador on board"; "[14 April 1838] On board. Turkish frigate and brig arrived with the Pasha of Tunis". When passing the castles on the Dardanelles on 18 Nov. 1837, the ship "fired 19 guns", and upon entering Constantinople on 7 June 1837, the vessel pays its respects to Sultan Mahmud II: "Sailed from Therapia to Constantinople, manned yards and fired a Royal salute on passing the Sultans' Palace [...]". Upon their return to Tarabya a few months later, Burns remarks on the celebration of the Sultan's birthday: "[11 Dec. 1837] Sultans Birthday, lett [?] off rockets in the evening". When news of the Sultan's death reaches the ship less than two years later, Burns notes: "[29 June 1839] Uncertain reports of the death of the Sultan", and "[2 July 1839] Reports confirmed of Sultan Mahmouds death aged 69 reighned [!] 31 years." Burns also provides accounts of several military events, mentioning an "Insurrection at Pera, lying off it" on 10 August 1837, or the Battle of Nezib on 24 June 1839. Burns's training as a surgeon is called upon: "[11 Dec. 1836] Captain came on board, mastered, in the evening corporal of Marines broke both bones of leg immediately above ankle". Not always is Burns able to apply his medical skills with success: "[19 Dec. 1836] man killed by falling from the Mainmast head through lubber hole into the Basin"; "[18 Mar. 1837] Cook died of disease of chest". Yet the diary also gives evidence of many less sensational episodes of everyday life aboard ship, containing remarks about dinner, lesser illnesses, and weather conditions. Other entries cover leisure activities such as walks ashore ("[21 July 1837] On shore of Sultan's Valley, had a Turkish bath"; [5 Dec. 1837] Went to Stamboul Bazaars, Galata, Pera") and visiting such sights as coastal castles or the ruins of Pompeii. Burns's allegiance to the British crown is always evident: "[14 July 1837] Fired 72 minute guns in the afternoon on the news of the death of the King which happ. on the 19th June", "[28 June 1838] Entered Toulon and celebrated the Queen's coronation", and "[15 July 1837] fired a royal salute in honour of the accession of Queen Victoria". - Burns joined the H.M.S. "North Star" on 1 Sep. 1836, sailing from Rio de Janeiro to England. Other voyages took the keeper of this diary further into the western Mediterranean, including the ports of Naples, Malta, and Barcelona. - Later notes and calculations on the final leaves and the insides of the covers; newspaper clippings on the lower paste-down announce the death of Burns's infant son in 1859 as well as the birth of his daughter in 1857 and of another son in 1860. A newspaper clipping announcing Burns's passing on March 10 [1894] is pasted on the flyleaf. Upper cover creased, occasional very minor paper flaws to edges, but in all a charming survival.

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Coining the term "sustainability"
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Carlowitz, Hans Carl von. Sylvicultura oeconomica, oder haußwirthliche Nachricht und naturmäßige Anweisung... zur Wilden Baum-Zucht [...]. Leipzig, Johann Friedrich Brauns Erben, 1732. Leipzig, Johann Friedrich Brauns Erben, 1732. Folio (230 x 350 mm). (14), 176, (2), 177-284, (20) pp. Title printed in red and black. With engraved title vignette, separate engraved title, 1 engraved plate, 1 half-page engraving in the text, and two engraved headpieces. (With): Julius Bernhard von Rohr. Historia naturalis arborum et fruticum sylvestrium Germaniae, oder naturmäßige Geschichte der von sich selbst wilde wachsenden Bäume und Sträucher in Teutschland [...]. Ibid., 1732. (8), 248, (24) pp. Contemporary brown calf, rebacked with giltstamped spine label. Marbled red endpapers. All edges red.

EUR 8,500.00

Second edition, the first to contain the third part by J. B. von Rohr (1688-1742). With chapters on native and foreign tree species, forestry and tree diseases, charcoal burning, saving and using wood, as well as peat and harvesting. "The first German work to discuss peat" (cf. Güntz). Carlowitz (1645-1714) published his principal work to raise awareness of the increasing depletion of the Erzgebirge forests by mining and industry. In it, he coined the German term for the concept of "sustainability". It is also the first book to devote itself exclusively to forestry; earlier works had treated the subject ancillary to agriculture and hunting. - Binding bumped at extremeties; upper joint starting. Engraved title page remargined. Variously browned and foxed as common; occasional insignificant waterstains. Provenance: title page has stamp "Schöller'sche Familien-Bibliothek" (no. 2884), probably referring to the Austrian Schoeller family of mining industrialists. Pastedown has bookplate of the library of Pfannberg castle in Styria, the collection of the Austrian industrialist Baron Franz Mayr von Melnhof (1810-89).
¶ Roscher 378. Mantel I, 6. ADB III, 791f. NDB III, 147f. Cf. Güntz I, 165.

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"Sankt Pölten bleibt Sankt Pölten"
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Celan, Paul, German-language poet (1920-1970). Autograph poem signed ("Unkel Paol"). No place, "zum 9. Juni 1960". No place, "zum 9. Juni 1960". Oblong 8vo. 2 pp.

EUR 7,500.00

An attractive and touchingly humorous poem for Jakob Demus (born on 9 June 1959), the son of the art historian and writer Klaus Demus, one of Celan's closest friends. Jakob would go one to become a celebrated artist, noted for his diamond drypoint etchings. One of his earliest teachers was the graphic artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, who married Celan in 1952.
¶ Paul Celan, Die Gedichte aus dem Nachlaß, ed. B. Badiou, J. C. Rambach and B. Wiedemann (Frankfurt am Main, 1997).

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Chopin in Mallorca
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Chopin, Frédéric, composer (1810-1849). Sepia wash brush painting, signed ("F. Chopin"). [Mallorca, 1838?]. [Mallorca, 1838?]. 244 x 178 mm. Matted, framed and glazed.

EUR 180,000.00

A masterly southern European landscape by the great composer, showing the view of a lake or pond with a boat, a couple walking in the countryside, and the ruins of a castle on a hill in the background. - Chopin's inclinations toward pictorial art were already evident during his days as the Warsaw Lyceum: his chalk portrait of the Lyceum's director Bogumil Linde has survived (Bory, p. 49), as has a landscape signed in full (now in the Ciechomska collection in Warsaw, pictured in Bory, p. 52). Undoubtedly, Chopin's relationship to George Sand and his stay in Mallorca contributed to his once more picking up the brush. Indeed, the motif might very well be a Mallorcan view: George Sand's watercolour "Seaward View From the House in Valldemossa " (Bory, p. 130, bottom) shows obvious similarities. On the reverse of the present leaf is an uncompleted pencil portrait, unquestionably also the work of Chopin. - The provenance of this uncommonly evocative painting can be traced to the master himself: Chopin presented it to his student Karol Mikuli (1821-97), who always held it in the highest esteem and bequeathed it to his own student Raoul von Koczalski (1885-1948). From Koczalski's estate it passed to a student from his master class. From him it was acquired by the renowned German antiquarian music and music books dealer, Hans Schneider of Tutzing, who offered the painting at the 1976 Zurich Art Fair "Antic '76" and in his catalogue 200. Last in a private collection. - With two small closed tears in the lower white margin, otherwise fine.
¶ Schneider, Tutzing, cat. 200 (1976), no. 46. Internationale Kunst- und Antiquitäten-Messe Zürich (Antic '76), cat. p. 52 (pictured). Also illustrated in: E. Burger, Frédéric Chopin. Eine Lebenschronik in Bildern und Dokumenten (Munich 1990), p. 183, fig. 386.

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Exploring the East Indies for safe routes to China
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Dalrymple, Alexander. Memoir Concerning the Passages To and From China.... (With): Robertson, George. [Drop-title:] Strait of Allass by Mr. George Robertson, in the Van Sittart 1780. [London, George Bigg, 1782]. (And:) Dalrymple, Alexander. Memoir of the Chart of the Natunas, Anambas and Adjacent Islands. London, George Bigg, 1786. With a letterpress folding table (counted as pp. 29-30). (And:) Dalrymple, Alexander. Memoir of the Chart of the Straits of Sunda and Banka. London, George Bigg, 1786. (And:) [Dalrymple, Alexander]. Appendix to Memoir of Chart of Sunda and Banka. [London, George Bigg, 1786]. [London, George Bigg], preface dated 1785. [London, George Bigg], preface dated 1785. Large 4to (32 x 25 cm). 5 works in one volume. IV, 28 pp. 4 pp. (2), 30 pp. 12 pp. 52 pp. Near contemporary half, tanned sheepskin, paste-paper sides.

EUR 45,000.00

Five publications by the eccentric Scottish geographer and hydrographer Alexander Dalrymple (1737-1808), Captain Cook's leading rival. Ad 1: Second edition of Dalrymple's analysis of alternative routes to China, originally commissioned by the Secret Committee of the East India Company and first published in 1782 in only a few copies. During these years of the American War of Independence, the British were at war with France and Spain, as well as with the Dutch. As this left the normal routes through the straits of Malacca and Sunda highly vulnerable, it was necessary to seek as many alternative routes as possible, including routes along the north of Australia and New Zealand. - Ad 2: First edition of short but detailed description of the Alas Strait, located between the two Indonesian islands Lombok and Sumbawa. It was originally issued together with the first edition of (1), and the writer, George Robertson, confirms that the present strait is "the clearest, safest, and best passage of all the straits to the Eastward". - Ad 3: First edition of an evaluation of the extensive sources Dalrymple used for his unpublished chart of the Karimata Strait, a wide strait that connects the South China Sea to the Java Sea, separating the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. - Ad 4-5: First edition, first setting, of a description and evaluation of the sources used for his chart of the Sunda Strait (between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra) and the Bangka strait (which separates the island of Sumatra from Bangka Island). It is followed by an appendix containing the logs of the Macklesfeild, the Sullivan, the Ponsborne and the Hawke, and some more detailed observations by Carl Gustaf Ekeberg. As hydrographer for the East India Dalrymple would publish an annual series of memoirs and detailed ships' logs that he obtained in that function. He would compare historical sources gathered from extensive archival research with newly obtained data straight from the ships and his own careful observations. With these publications Dalrymple became the originator of official British hydrography and as such they give a unique impression of the (development of the) scientific background that laid behind the trade of the British Empire in the East. The memoirs concern charts and maps that were separately published and not usually found together. All of the present publications are rarely found on the market. At the age of 16 Dalrymple entered the service of the East India Company as a writer and soon sailed for Madras. There he quickly rose to sub-secretary and enjoyed the use of Robert Orme's library for research into the company's earlier trade to Burma, Indo-China, and Borneo. He left Madras in 1763 and had during his years scoured the libraries for details of the history of the spice trade and Pacific voyages. En route to Canton for passage to England he became provisional deputy governor at Manila for a short period in April 1764, where he discovered the manuscript of Luiz Vaez de Torres, subsequently naming the Torres Strait after its discoverer. Dalrymple deeply believed in the existence of a great southern continent, an idea that persisted for centuries, but appeared to have been debunked by James Cook. In fact it was to prove true in an unexpected manner with the discovery of Antarctica in the 19th-century. Dalrymple had hoped that the British East India Company, Royal Society and Navy would support his commission to lead a planned expedition to the South Pacific, but the most powerful members of the Navy elite opposed it and the commission went to James Cook, leading to his famous first voyage of 1768 to 1771. Extremely disappointed, Dalrymple turned to his historical, geographical and hydrographical studies. "His use of Pigot's John Arnold chronometer in the Grenville had shown Dalrymple the value of accumulating coherent series of longitude observations at sea for recommending best tracks to follow at different seasons, and for constructing accurate charts. In April 1779 he proposed himself, and was appointed by the company at £500 a year, to examine the ships' journals which had accumulated in East India House and to publish charts and nautical instructions, a responsibility he was to hold, on retainer, for the rest of his life. He advocated, first privately and then officially, a complex form of chronometer log-keeping with tables of the gradations of wind and weather" (Cook 2008). With this he became the originator of official British hydrography. "Dalrymple proposed in 1779 a scheme of coastal charts for the East Indies navigation, from the Mozambique Channel to China. His investigative work in subsequent years was directed towards that scheme, and he continued to publish plans of ports and sets of coastal views each year for eventual incorporation. The impossibility of reconciling observations in past dead-reckoning journals and the slowness of delivery of new chronometer journals inhibited his main progress. Despite recommending and preparing schemes for surveys of both the Coromandel and Malabar coasts of India in the 1780s, he found his attempts to draw reliable charts of the Indian Ocean brought to a standstill for the lack of reliable longitude data. Instead, during the fifteen years between his appointment in 1779 and the emigration of his chief engraver William Harrison to Philadelphia in 1794, Dalrymple published almost 550 plans of ports and small-scale charts of parts of the East Indies navigation [...] His reputation was based on these publications, whose spare style contrasted with the ornateness of commercial chart atlases" (Cook 2008). "Dalrymple was deeply financially committed to his own publications. After 1779 the East India Company allowed him £500 a year for expenses in publishing charts and nautical memoirs, but otherwise the costs of his publications, where not subscribed for, he met directly from his personal resources" (Cook 1992). - With the library stamps of the Royal Danish maritime library ("Marinens Bibliotek") on title-page and boards. Small hole in fore-edge margins of the first two leaves, one untrimmed, dog-eared leaf, revealing the extent of the trimming, otherwise in very good condition and with generous margins.
¶ A. S. Cook, Alexander Dalrymple (1737-1808), (PhD diss., 1992), A96, A76, A113, A104 & A105. ESTC T74294 (1st ed.), T77004, T74292 & T74295 (incl. appendix). JCB MH 418 (1st ed.), 410, 425 & 426 (incl. Appendix). Lust 164.1 (ad. 1). For Dalrymple: A. S. Cook, "Dalrymple, Alexander (1737-1808)", in: ODNB online (2008). Howgego, to 1800, D4.

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Exploring safe routes from India to China, plus a short account of some dangers in the Singapore Strait
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Dalrymple, Alexander. Memoir Concerning the Passages, at a Late Season,... from India to China. (With:) Dalrymple, Alexander. [Drop-title:] Strait of Sinkapore. London, George Brigg, 1788. London, George Brigg, 1788. Large 4to (29 x 23.5 cm). 2 works in one volume. VIII, 23, (1) pp. 4 pp. Near contemporary half, tanned sheepskin, paste-paper sides.

EUR 9,500.00

First and only edition of the supplement to Dalrymple's "Memoir Concerning the Passages To and From China" (1782) ,in which he gives an analysis of alternative routes to China. The original work was commissioned by the Secret Committee of the East India Company and first published in 1782 in only a few copies. During these years of the American War of Independence, the British were at war with France and Spain, as well as with the Dutch. As this left the normal routes through the straits of Malacca and Sunda highly vulnerable, it was necessary to seek as many alternative routes as possible. This supplement concerns ships coming from India and in particular those that are not "early enough to make their passage to Canon, in the usual way, through the China Sea, by the Funnel". It is followed by a short, separately published account of dangers in the Singapore Strait, taken from the journals of the Howland in 1712. - The eccentric Scottish geographer Alexander Dalrymple (1737-1808), Captain Cook's leading rival, would publish an annual series of memoirs and detailed ships' logs which he obtained as hydrographer for the East India Company. He would compare historical sources gathered from extensive archival research with newly obtained data straight from the ships and his own careful observations. With these publications Dalrymple became the originator of official British hydrography and as such they give a unique impression of the (development of the) scientific background that laid behind the trade of the British Empire in the East. The memoirs concern charts and maps that were separately published and not usually found together. All of the present publications are rarely found on the market. At the age of 16 Dalrymple entered the service of the East India Company as a writer and soon sailed for Madras. There he quickly rose to sub-secretary and enjoyed the use of Robert Orme's library for research into the company's earlier trade to Burma, Indo-China, and Borneo. He left Madras in 1763 and had during his years scoured the libraries for details of the history of the spice trade and Pacific voyages. En route to Canton for passage to England he became provisional deputy governor at Manila for a short period in April 1764, where he discovered the manuscript of Luiz Vaez de Torres, subsequently naming the Torres Strait after its discoverer. Dalrymple deeply believed in the existence of a great southern continent, an idea that persisted for centuries, but appeared to have been debunked by James Cook. In fact it was to prove true in an unexpected manner with the discovery of Antarctica in the 19th-century. Dalrymple had hoped that the British East India Company, Royal Society and Navy would support his commission to lead a planned expedition to the South Pacific, but the most powerful members of the Navy elite opposed it and the commission went to James Cook, leading to his famous first voyage of 1768 to 1771. Extremely disappointed, Dalrymple turned to his historical, geographical and hydrographical studies. "His use of Pigot's John Arnold chronometer in the Grenville had shown Dalrymple the value of accumulating coherent series of longitude observations at sea for recommending best tracks to follow at different seasons, and for constructing accurate charts. In April 1779 he proposed himself, and was appointed by the company at £500 a year, to examine the ships' journals which had accumulated in East India House and to publish charts and nautical instructions, a responsibility he was to hold, on retainer, for the rest of his life. He advocated, first privately and then officially, a complex form of chronometer log-keeping with tables of the gradations of wind and weather" (Cook 2008). With this he became the originator of official British hydrography. "Dalrymple proposed in 1779 a scheme of coastal charts for the East Indies navigation, from the Mozambique Channel to China. His investigative work in subsequent years was directed towards that scheme, and he continued to publish plans of ports and sets of coastal views each year for eventual incorporation. The impossibility of reconciling observations in past dead-reckoning journals and the slowness of delivery of new chronometer journals inhibited his main progress. Despite recommending and preparing schemes for surveys of both the Coromandel and Malabar coasts of India in the 1780s, he found his attempts to draw reliable charts of the Indian Ocean brought to a standstill for the lack of reliable longitude data. Instead, during the fifteen years between his appointment in 1779 and the emigration of his chief engraver William Harrison to Philadelphia in 1794, Dalrymple published almost 550 plans of ports and small-scale charts of parts of the East Indies navigation [...] His reputation was based on these publications, whose spare style contrasted with the ornateness of commercial chart atlases" (Xook 2008). "Dalrymple was deeply financially committed to his own publications. After 1779 the East India Company allowed him £500 a year for expenses in publishing charts and nautical memoirs, but otherwise the costs of his publications, where not subscribed for, he met directly from his personal resources" (Cook 1992). - With the library stamps of the Royal Danish maritime library ("Marinens Bibliotek") on title-page. Title-page slightly soiled, a (restored) tear in the second leaf and a smudge in the fore-edge margins of two pages; a good copy.
¶ A. S. Cook, Alexander Dalrymple (1737-1808), (PhD diss., 1992), A152 & A150. ESTC T74293 & T74280. JCB MH 434 (ad 1). Lust 164.3 (ad 1). For Dalrymple: A. S. Cook, "Dalrymple, Alexander (1737-1808)", in: ODNB online (2008). Howgego, to 1800, D4.

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Unpublished account of a stormy voyage in Dutch Ceylon
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Dupuits, Joseph, German-born physician in the Dutch East India Company (1750-1791). Reise des L. Johan Gerhards Billing aus Colombo,... beschrieben von H. Joseph Dupuitz in Oppenheim. Kulmbach, 15 Dec. [1787]. Kulmbach, 15 Dec. [1787]. 4to. 1 p.

EUR 1,500.00

A letter of recommentation for Dupuits's fellow traveller Billing, providing an account of their adventurous voyage from Colombo in Sri Lanka (then Dutch Ceylon) to Europe, in the course of which they encounter a severe hurricane on 26 Dec. 1786 which almost sinks their ship. They reach French Mauritius on 13 Jan. 1787, abandoning their damaged vessel and continuing their voyage on a French ship on 9 February, reaching the Cape of Good Hope on 13 March. Leaving Africa on 25 May aboard a Dutch ship, they land in Enthuizen in Holland on the 26th of September, subsequently travelling to Amsterdam via Hoorn and Haarlem: "Am 25ten Novemb. 1786 fuhren wir von Galle auf der Insel Ceylon ab. Den 26ten Dec. Abends im 17ten Grade südlicher Breite hatten wir einen schrecklichen Orkan auszustehen, der dauerte 3 Tage lange, und das Schif bekam 13 Schuh tief Wasser, weswegen ein ieder Tag und Nacht, wie der geringste Matros arbeiten mußte, und die Canonen und Effecten, kurz alles was schwer war wurde ins Meer geworfen, um nur das Leben, das edler als alles in der Welt ist zu retten. Alle Augenblicke vermuthete man das Schif würde sinken und iederman glaubt in den Wellen seinen Todt zu finden. Allein durch wunderbahre göttliche Schickung kamen wir am 13ten Januar 1787 auf den französischen Eilande Mauritius an, wo unser ruinirtes und unglückliches Schif noch liegt. Wir fuhren allda mit einem französischen Schiffe den 9. Februar nach Cap de bonne esperence. Am 13. Merz kamen wir glücklich auf dem Cap de bonne esperence an, und gingen allda am 25ten May mit einem holländischen Schiffe unter Segel, womit wir den 26. September zu Enkhuisen in Holland feliciter anlandeten, von da nach Hoorn, Harlem, Amsterdam. Den 15ten Nov. kam Joh. Gerhard in F[rank]furt an - den 26ten eig. in Erlang - u. war also just Jahr u. Tag auf der Reise. Der Mann giebt ihm ein sehr gutes Zeugnuß. Seine Effekten sind noch auf Mauritius, bis auf eine Kiste u. Coffre [...]". Note on verso: "Dankfest d. 26, 27, 28 Dec.". - Dupuits, born in Waldböckelheim in today's Rhineland-Palatinate, lived in the Netherlands before going to Dutch East India in 1763, later serving the VOC as a physician. After various stations on the coast of India, Dupuits relocated to Ceylon in July 1786, soon deciding to return to Europe with his second wife and his goddaughter. His present report of their voyage is confirmed by a corresponding account given in Schlichtegroll's obituary of the goddaughter, Petronelle Klüber, née Zeizer, who died in Erlangen in 1796, aged 22 years (cf. Nekrolog auf das Jahr 1796, Gotha 1799, pp. 288f.).

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In a hunter's binding
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Fritsch, Ahasver. Corpus juris venatorio-forestalis, tripartitum. Jena, Samuel Adolph Müller, 1675-1676. Jena, Samuel Adolph Müller, 1675-1676. Folio (210 x 325 mm). (12), 114, 47, (1), 68, 219, (1), 284, 52 pp. Title page printed in red and black. With separate engraved title ("1676"). Contemporary vellum with handwritten spine title and giltstamped covers.

EUR 1,800.00

First edition of this manual of hunting and forestry law; rare with the year "1675" on the printed title. Fritsch (1629-1701) was a professor at Jena, also serving as court chancellor at Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. "Fritsch was the principal jurist on German game and forestry laws in the 17th century, and this book is the first edition of a compendium which contains most of them" (Schwerdt). The first part contains the author's own treatises on the law of hunting, part 2 comprises various decisions and commentaries; the third (and most copious part) contains the the game ordinances of the German countries. "Dem ersten Teil gehen die jagdrechtlichen Abhandlungen von Sebastian Medices, Georg Mor, Friedrich Pruckmann, Franciscus Zoanetti, Sebastian Khraisser und Fritschs eigener 'Tractatus de jure convenandi' voraus. Die letzten 52 Seiten füllt der Wiederabdruck von Cyriacus Spangenberg, 'Jagteuffel'. Es gibt Exemplare, bei denen der Haupttitel die Jahreszahl 1675 trägt [...] Das Kupfer des Vortitels trägt stets die Zahl 1676, so daß die gesamte Auflage erst in diesem Jahr herausgekommen zu sein scheint" (Lindner). - Some worming to endpapers. Title page has handwritten ownership of a Breslauer canon (dated 1699). Bookplate of the library of Pfannberg castle in Styria, the collection of the Austrian industrialist Baron Franz Mayr von Melnhof (1810-89). A pretty copy in an uncommon, well-preserved binding with hunting designs.
¶ VD 17, 547:633514G. Lindner 11.0663.01. Schwerdt I, 190. Souhart 201. ADB VIII, 108f.

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Owned by German noble women through at least three generations - a masterpiece of the German Renaissance
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[Fürstenberg Book of Hours]. The prayer book of Anna Maria Countess of... Fürstenberg, german manuscript on vellum, illuminated by an Augsburg Master. Probably Augsburg, 1526. Probably Augsburg, 1526. Small 8vo (88 x 126 mm). 160 folios. German manuscript on vellum, Bastarda in black ink, rubricated in red, initials in red and blue. Leaves 82 x 118 mm, writtenspace ca 50 x 80 mm. With 11 miniatures by a master "KW" (probably a member of the workshop of Nikolaus Bertschi), 23 borders, and 14 decorative initials. Leather binding, ca 1860, covers stamped in gilt and blind, leading edges gilt, giltstamped spine title.

EUR 95,000.00

Splendidly illuminated prayer book owned by noble women for several generations; a masterpiece of the Augsburg school of early Renaissance book illustration, containing eleven full-page miniatures of uncommon quality. A fine example of a time of theological change in Southern Germany, the seven-part volume comprises Marian devotions as well as Oecolampadius' German mass ("zu Hayl allen Evangelischen"), liturgical prayers and specimens of the 'ars moriendi': "Die sibenn Zeytt von unser lieben Frauen" (2r), "Die anderthalb hundert Verß die der Herr Jhesus an dem Stam des heiligen Crutz gesprochen hatt" (87r), "Das Testament Jhesu Christi: das man byßher genent hat die Meß vertutscht durch Johannem Oecolampadion" (106r; printed in 1523: cf. Staehelin 85ff.), "Ein schöns Gebet wie der Mensch im selbs ein Testament und ein löblich Gemecht bey seiner Vermüglichait zwischen Gott und im machen soll, so stirbt er desto sicherer" (127r, with invocations of the Saints on 133v-134r, including St Uncumber), "Das Gebet soltu anheben zu sprechen wan d' Briester das Sanctus spricht" (147r), "Ain gutter Segen für aines yeden Menschen guten unnd getruwen gemahet zebitten" (149r), and "Ein offne Peicht und Protestation das ein Mensch cristenlich beger zu leben und zu sterben" (153r). From the beginning the prayer book was intended for a noble lady: a miniature on fol. 152v shows a portrait of the kneeling sponsor of the book with a banner "Exaudi queso [...] domine supplicum preces [...]", and another on fol. 126v shows two women kneeling in prayer before an epiphany of Christ, including the sponsor with the banner "Miserere deu[s] anime famuli tue et". The other miniatures show the Annunciation (1v), Nativity (35r), annunciation to the shepherds (42v), Adoration (47r), Circumcision (51r), Flight into Egypt (55r), Coronation of the Virgin (63v), and the Crucifixion (86v). The vivid and highly detailed, realistic borders show cherubs as well as hunting motifs: stags, deer, a leopard, hare, hedgehog, fox, weasel, dogs, birds (storks, geese, ducks, partridges, peacocks and numerous smaller fowl), butterflys and flowers of all kind, revealing the strong influence of contemporary Flemish book art, frequently encountered in the Augsburg art of the early 16th century, such as in the work of the Petrarch Master. The initials "KW" are on the deer's white hindquarters in the border of fol. 42r; the date is written on the door lintel in the Adoration miniature. - Provenance: the prayer book was passed on from mother to daughter throughout at least three generations, thus always remaining in the possession of noble women: Anna Maria countess Fürstenberg (1562-1611) married Christoph of Waldburg zu Trauchburg (1551-1612) in 1577; her ownership is written on fol. 86r: "Anna Maria Erbtruchsessin Freifrau Walpurg. G. G. zu Fürstenberg" (dated 1594). Her daughter Walburga Eusebia von Waldburg zu Trauchburg (1595-1671) entered her ownership on 17 April 1620, together with her husband Johann Wilhelm count Königsegg zu Aulendorf (d. 1663), on fol. 152r. In 1647 the book was then pased on to her daughter Maria Anna Eusebia Baroness Königegg zu Aulendorf (1627-56), who in 1655 married Johann VI count Montfort (her autograph, dated ownership is at the bottom of the same page). In 1855 the volume was auctioned by Weigel in Leipzig ("Verzeichnis der Bibliotheken des Herrn Kränner in Regensburg", lot no. 25b); in 1890 it was in the library of the Prussian army physician Dr. Laeuterer (cf. his handwritten ownership on fol. 125v). In November 1975 it was offered for auction at Hartung & Karl's sale 14 in Munich (lot no. 9) but remained unsold. It was described in Ulrich Merkl's 1999 monograph on Bavarian book illustration during the first half of the 16th century, citing it as privately owned (pictured on p. 214). - Some traces of use, variously stained throughout with occasional slight abrasions (a few miniatures rubbed more strongly than others, but altogether very well preserved). Trimmed during re-binding in the 19th century, though preserving comparatively wide margins and only closely trimming a few borders near the upper edge. The binding in the Romantic style is very lightly rubbed at thre extremeties.
¶ U. Merkl, Buchmalerei in Bayern in der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts. Spätblüte und Endzeit einer Gattung, Regensburg 1999, p. 298f. (no. 18). R. Cermann, in: Handschriftencensus. Eine Bestandsaufnahme der handschriftlichen Überlieferung deutschsprachiger Texte des Mittelalters (wiedergefunden.handschriftencensus.de/23535).

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Manuscript account of the sufferings of Gleyo in China
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[Gleyo, Jean-François, missionary (1734-1786). Visions et revelations de Mr. Gleyo missionnaire en... Chine. Pendant les huit années quil a eté en prison pour la cause de la religion, depuis l’an 1769 jusqu'en l’an 1777. [Probably France, ca. 1800]. [Probably France, ca. 1800]. Manuscript (brown ink) on paper. 2 vols. 8vo. (Title page), 445 (but: 444) pp. (Title page), 446-764 pp., 91, (2) pp. Bound in 18th-century vellum manuscript over boards. All edges red.

EUR 18,500.00

A manuscript written in a single, unidentified hand during the last years of the 18th century, describing Gleyo's imprisonment in Ching-Tou, then Yuin-Tchang. - J.-F. Gleyo was born in Saint-Brieuc, the son of master mariner François Gleyo, and became a Priest of St. Sulpice. He sailed from Lorient to China in 1764, first arriving in Macao, where he learned Chinese and became associated with the evangelical work of the missionary Alary. In 1769 he was denounced and accused of links with the Pélén-Kiao rebels. Imprisoned and abused for several years, he owed his survival to his faith and mystical visions. He was released in 1777 after a Portuguese Jesuit mathematician intervened with the Emperor and resumed his apostolic labours. In his General History of the Foreign Missions, Launay states of Gleyo that "he recalls the great contemplatives, the most intrepid apostles, saints, and other confessors of the faith." The present manuscript recounts his encarceration and the consolations he received from heaven. It is sprinkled with Latin sentences and Chinese terms (especially in his letters written to Jean-Martin Moÿe after his release, included as a final section at the end of the second volume, with separate page numbers). The letters were published in the famous Jesuit collection of "Lettres édifiantes et curieuses". The original manuscript is kept in the Archives des Séminaires des Missions Étrangères, and a copy by various hands exists in the library of the Seminary of St. Sulpice; it is very likely that the present manuscript was copied from one of these sources. It is not listed in the catalogue of Manuscripts in the National Library and is thus of the utmost rarity. - Provenance: from the library of Jean R. Perrette with his bookplate on the pastedown.

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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, German poet (1749-1832). Letter signed ("JWVGoethe"). Weimar, 19. IV. 1821. Weimar, 19. IV. 1821. 4to. 2 pages.

EUR 12,500.00

Apparently to an auctioneer, with purchase orders for a forthcoming auction of engravings: "Ew. Wohlgeb. erhalten abermals einige Aufträge für die nächste Kupferstich-Auction, um deren gefällige Besorgung ich bitte. Das erste Verzeichniß mit dem Buchstaben A. enthält Stiche, welche sehr gern zu besitzen wünschte, wenn der Preis, in Verhältniß zu der Güte und Erhaltung des Abdrucks, nur einigermaßen billig ist. Mit denen unter dem Buchstaben B. verzeichneten hat es weniger zu bedeuten, doch kann den beygeschriebenen Preisen allenfalls noch ein Kleines zugelegt werden [...]". - Somewhat spotty; some edge flaws.

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"Er aber, sags ihm, er kann mich im Arsch lecken."
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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand. Ein... Schauspiel. [Darmstadt, G H. Eylausche Erben (J. G. Wittich) für Merck im Selbstverlag], 1773. [Darmstadt, G H. Eylausche Erben (J. G. Wittich) für Merck im Selbstverlag], 1773. Small 8vo. 206 pp. Contemporary half calf, with two labels to spine, stored in a two-piece leather slipcase.

EUR 28,000.00

Rare first edition, self-published by Goethe and Merck in a very small press run. This first impression of the play about the maverick adventurer-poet Götz von Berlichingen contains the hero's famously profane "Swabian salute" unexpurged (p. 133); it was truncated in later editions. In spite of sluggish initial sales, the play enjoyed a sensational success, making the author instantly famous and calling forth severe criticism as well as praise. - Some brownstaining and fingerstaining. Provenance: handwritten ownership "Louis Prèschamps" (ca. 1880) on title page; an old annotation on the final leaf has been removed. Acquired from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ Hagen 46. WG² 6. Goedeke IV, 3, 143, 2. Kippenberg I, 348. Brieger 682. Hirzel A 33. Speck 712. Goethe-Bibliothek Meyer 23.

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Collection of documents on the War on Mantuan Succession, signed by the Emperor
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[Gonzaga]. Ferdinand III, Emperor (1608-1657). Manuscript on vellum signed. Kaiserebersdorf Castle near Vienna, 25. VIII. 1637. Kaiserebersdorf Castle near Vienna, 25. VIII. 1637. Folio. Latin ms., ink on vellum. 156 unnumbered pp., 27 lines. Contemp. vellum binding with attractive giltstamped tendril border, fleuronnée corner stamps, gilt spine and two different giltstamped heraldic supralibros on the covers. All edges gilt. Inner margin shows two holes drilled through covers and interior for a decorative cord with the seal (now lost). Remains of ties.

EUR 12,000.00

A collection of copies of Habsburgian documents relating to the Gonzaga family and the War of the Mantuan Succession, compiled by the Imperial Registry and signed by the Emperor, Ferdinand III. The ensemble, which comprises documents by Frederick III, Maximilian I, Charles V, Maximilian II, Rudolf II, Matthias, Ferdinand II, etc., was probably drawn up for Duke Ferrante III Gonzaga, Duke of Guastalla (1618-78), to record and secure his claims upon the Duchy of Mantua (claims which lay in the interest of the Imperial family), whereas the War of Succession had ended a few years previously with Mantua becoming part of the French sphere of influence. - The Gonzaga family had ruled Mantua since 1328; in 1530, Federico II Gonzaga assumed the title of a Duke of Mantua. Upon gaining control over the counties of Monferrato and Guastalla in the mid-16th century, the family reached their apogee of political, financial, and cultural importance. When Francesco IV Gonzaga died in 1612 without leaving a male successor, he was succeeded by his brothers Ferdinando and Vincenzo, both cardinals without children. Upon the death of Vincenzo II Gonzaga in 1627 the direct male line of the House of Gonzaga became extinct, causing a war of succession. Emperor Ferdinand II, husband of Eleanor Gonzaga, Vincenzo's sister, sought to re-attach the Duchy of Mantua to the Holy Roman Empire by transferring it to the Spanish-Imperial line of Gonzaga-Guastalla. This objective was opposed by the older line of Gonzaga of Nevers and Rethel, supported by France. The conflict ended when Sweden entered the Thirty Years' War and Ferdinand required his troops in the principal theatre of combat. The Duke of Nevers and Rethel became lord of the devastated and depopulated counties of Mantua and Monferrato, and France gained a foothold in Upper Italy. (Three quarters of a century later, however, the Imperial cause was to triumph after all: in 1708, the War of Spanish Succession re-attached Mantua to the Empire, while the Duke of Mantua and Monferrato sided with France.) - The present compilation is intended to document the legal succession of the House of Gonzaga-Guastalla on the basis of archival sources; this goal is underscored by the Imperial arms on the upper cover (double-headed eagle with quartered escutcheon showing the fesses of Gonzaga and the Bohemian lion, bordered by a tendril desgin enclosing the four evangelists) and Guastalla's lion rampant within a crowned shield on the back cover. The documents repeatedly invoke the feudal righty of the House of Gonzaga-Guastalla, especially in the areas of Castiglione delle Stiviere and Castel Goffredo: "Ad perpetuam rei memoriam recognoscimus, ac postum facimus tenore praesentium universis, quod cum nobis submissime exponendum curavit. Illustris Ferdinandus Gonsaga, Priceps Castilionis à Stiveriis, Consanguineus et Princeps Noster charissimus, quem ad modum maiores olim sui ab Augustissimis Romanorum Imperatoribus & Regibus Praedecessoribus Nostris sacratissime recordationis super Marchionatu Castilionis à Stiverys, & Castro Guiffredi cum omnibus suis pertinentys investiti. Pater verò suus quondam Franciscus Gonsaga de eodem Marchionatu Castilionis et permutatione Castri Giuffredi [...] Matthias Romanorum Imperator semper Augustus [...] agnoscimus & notum facimus tenore praesentium universis. Quod cum Illustris Franciscus Gonsaga Princeps Castilioni à Stiverys, consanguineus et princeps noster charissimus, demisse Nobis esponi curavit, non tantum Maiores suos, verum etiam se ipsum à Predecessoribus Nostris Divis Romanorum Imperatoribus & Regibus praeclarissimae memoriae de Marchionatu Castilioni à Stiverys, et de Castro, et Terra Castri Guiffredi cum omnibus suis pertinentys investium, alijsque insignibus privilegys ornatum fuisse [...]". Signed at the end by Emperor Ferdinand III, with counter-signatures by the Aulic Councillors Conrad Hiltprandt and Johann Walderode.

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Four Women in the Middle East: Camels, Harems, Pyramids, and the Beauty of Palestine
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Goodwin, Mary Mackenzie, British traveller (b. 1855). Middle Eastern travel journal. 4to (182 x 226 mm). Autograph manuscript (black ink) on paper (watermark "J Allen & Sons Super Fine"). 65 pp. excluding blanks, with 6 pen-and-ink sketches (5 showing Egyptian characters). Original dark green limp morocco with gilt cover fillets, marbled endpapers and edges.

EUR 12,500.00

The unusual and lively account of a tour of the Middle East by four unaccompanied young British women, a fair copy transcribed from her own travel diary by Mary Goodwin, a bishop's daughter whose party also included her friends Grace, Miss Fox, and Miss MacInnes. Unlike the pilgrimages to Palestine of earlier centuries, which followed much the same routes, their journey was in fact one of the very first modern "package" tours to the Middle East organized by a commercial operator, Thomas Cook & Son. The foursome set out for the continent from London's Charing Cross station on the morning of 16 February 1880 ("The sea at Folkestone was brown and foamy, and we knew we were in for a good toss"), ferrying across to Calais in the company of Patsy Cornwallis-West. Via Paris they travel by train to Italy, taking in Turin, Bologna and Florence in the style of belated grand tourists. They spend a few days in Rome, where - possibly inspired by their guidebooks or Turner's famous painting, and undeterred by (or oblivious of) Daisy Miller's sad fate just a year earlier - the party visits the Colosseum by moonlight, admiring the newly excavated "dens of the wild beasts and prisons", where one half expects "to hear low growls out of the stillness and to see prowling shadowy figures" (Feb. 23). They embark on the "beautiful boat 'The Saïd'" at Naples on the 28th, sketching Vesuvius from the deck, and arrive at Alexandria on March 3 after a rough voyage: "We got to land [...] & were tugged up a small wall by Arabs a hundred or more of whom were ready with outstretched hands, alll in the most charming dresses [...] The next half hour was the most exciting I ever spent and we felt it would have been well worth the journey if we had had to go back an hour afterwards." Goodwin describes in detail, with deftly drawn ink sketches, the costumes of the local population: "The young boys' dresses were extremely simple consisting of one garment generally of blue or white cotton, the red, black-tasselly fez being the only other thing they wear. Gentlemen's sons are more like this - brilliant dresses, with pointed red leather shoes. The women in their long blue veils carry their babies astride on their shoulders balancing themselves with perfect ease and they sit for hours without moving in a position that would give us cramp in 5 minutes. Donkeys abounded, small and shaven. For some reason known only to themselves the riders prefer to be as far away from the heads of these docile & melancholy beasts as it is possible to be with any chance of safety, and the effect of these grey wooden looking beasts with men or boys balanced on their extreme end, galopping tranquilly along the streets is grotesque in the extreme. We bathed in nearby baths directly we arrived [... After lunch] we went out to see Pompey's pillar and afterwards into the Pasha's garden which was like fairy land, such exquisite waving date palms, bambo[o]s, aloes, & hundreds of things we did not know. We watched women washing vegetables in the Nile [...] Nearly all the women are entirely veiled up to their eyes, the nose veil being connected with the piece over the head by a thing like a brass reel with ridges, the whole thing being called a yak-mash." Goodwin meets the educationist and missionary Mary Louisa Whately (1824-89) at her school in Cairo, watches the dancing and the howling dervishes, and visits Sultan Hassan's Mosque ("We had to put on great big rush slippers over our boots before going in, & it required great ingenuity to keep them on, but the fear of losing our lives if they came off helped us considerably"). On the 8th they climb the pyramids, attended by their colourfully described local guides: "On arriving at the little house built for the Prince of Wales when he came we were surrounded by covetous Arabs claiming Backsheesh - backsheesh, tho' what right they had to our money I never could discover [...] Grace had 3 Arabs, but they only allowed me two, which was mean. I don't think as a rule the steps were more than from 3 to 4 feet each so we got on very well, resting 2 or 3 times [...], and our escorts evidently comparing notes on their different charges. Perhaps it was as well that we didn't understand Arabic. My way was cheered by songs of 'Yankee Doodle' sung in English with a strong Arabic accent, to an Arab tune [...]". The following day, the four ladies go "with Mrs. Shakour (Miss Whately's adopted daughter) to a rather grand harem. It was very interesting & funny. We went into a kind of court with an arched stone roof, out of which opened the men's room. Then we went upstairs, dirty & narrow, to a moderate sized room where we found Miss W's pupil & her mother, both very fat & dressed in red & black check. The room was simply furnished with divans round, & a sort of carved cupboard with a shelf at one end. They immediately brought cigarettes for us to smoke. At least Miss MacInnes & Miss Fox (Grace & I were considered too young I imagine) who smoked away as if they had been brought up to it, & were very proud of their performance. Then a sort of awful marmalade [...] then came immense bowls of sherbert [...]". Travelling onwards by train via Ismailia, they soon reach Port Said. The party departs for Jaffa on the 13th of March, where they cast anchor only after three days of being tossed about in a dreadful storm: "We arrived under a wall where we had to stand on the edge of the boat & be pulled into Palestine by dozens of willing brown hands. O how they chattered. I arrived in Palestine on my knees [...] We were taken hither & thither by [...] Solomon, the most gorgeous specimen of a young Arab Swell, who was dragoman [...] We went to the house of one Simon a tanner, from the roof of which we had the most lovely view [...], on & on till Carmel shows faint & hazy in the distance [...] It is a most picturesque town; sudden streets down steps, all roofed with stone like tunnels, other streets sheltered from the sun with awnings of ragged matting. Crowds of people, donkeys & camels in all the streets, the riders of these latter, such splendid men." The beauty of Palestine is described in glowing terms: "The country was exquisite, the olives with their grey bloom shone like silver in the dew, and the distant hills of Judea all covered with snow, & such lights & shadows [...] At Ramleh we stopped for lunch, in a little queer hotel. It is supposed to be Arimathea, and just above us was a town supposed to have been built by the Saracens, and made into a church long after by the Crusaders [...] The sunset was magnificent, sky seemed made golden transparency, so exquisitely clean & soft [...] We had begun to live the Bible, & felt sometimes as if we had got back to 1800 years ago [...]". - Occasional insignificant browning; binding a little rubbed, with the spine cracked and chipped in places, but still an elegantly bound notebook. Mary Mackenzie Goodwin was the youngest daughter of Harvey Goodwin, the Bishop of Carlisle (1816-96). She proves not only an intrepid woman traveller at the dawn of a new age of tourism, but also a spirited raconteuse, with artistic talent, a quick eye for detail, and touches of wry British humour.

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To Friedrich Schiller, about "Tell" and "Wallenstein" - unpublished
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Herzfeld, Jacob, actor and theatre director (1763-1826). Autograph letter signed. Hamburg, 29 Jan. 1802. Hamburg, 29 Jan. 1802. 4to. 1 p. on bifolium wuth integral address leaf and seal.

EUR 3,500.00

Unpublished letter to his frequent correspondent Friedrich Schiller: "Im Namen der Direction, und des Publikums bedaure ich es unendlich, daß das Gerücht wegen Wilhelm Tell ungegründet war. Mich tröstet die Hoffnung, dass wir doch wahrscheinlich bald wieder eine andere Original-Arbeit von Ihnen erwarten dürfen. Haben Sie die Gewogenheit mir mit nächstem Ihre von Gozzi bearbeitete Tragicomödie und die Wallensteins zu übersenden, wo wie ich Sie überhaupt ersuche, in Zukunft jede Ihrer dramatischen Arbeiten, ohne weitere Anfrage, gefälligst hieher zu senden. Es wird nie an der Bereitwilligkeit der Direction liegen, wenn einmahl eins unaufgeführt bleibt, nur bedeutende Local-Verhältnisse könnten es hindern […]". - After having trained as a physician at the University of Leipzig, Herzfeld pursued a stage career, making his debut in 1791 at Hamburg, where he remained as a character actor with a flair for comic characterizations until he rose to co-director of the theatre in 1798; from 1812 onwards he served as the sole director of the municipal theatre. A leading man equally at home in comedies, Herzfeld did much to make Schiller's plays successful on the stage and delivered an acclaimed performance in the title role of "Wilhelm Tell".

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The finest book of Frankfurt views published in the 19th century
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Kirchner, Anton. Ansichten von Frankfurt am Main und seiner Umgegend. Frankfurt am Main, Gebr. Wilmans (gedruckt bei Carl Ludwig Brede in Offenbach), 1818. Frankfurt am Main, Gebr. Wilmans (gedruckt bei Carl Ludwig Brede in Offenbach), 1818. Small folio (224 x 284 mm). 2 vols. (12), 376 pp. (8), 283, (1) pp. With 2 engraved title pages, 25 engraved plates (mostly after Radl), and 1 folding population table. Without the folding map of Frankfurt. Contemporary red morocco, richly gilt to spine and covers with gilt spine label; leading edges gilt, gilt inner dentelle around silk endpapers; all edges gilt.

EUR 12,500.00

First edition of this historical and topographical description of Frankfurt and numerous towns in the Anterior Taunus aera. A unique luxury copy on wove paper, very wide-margined and in a magnificent contemporary morocco binding. The flyleaf of the first volume bears an autograph inscription by the famous Frankfurt bookseller Hermann Joseph Baer (1811-81) to the Frankfurt-born educator Carl Bernhard Greiss in Wiesbaden (1809-73): "Seinem Freunde Dr. C. B. Greiss / Frankfurt a. M., den 13. März 1864 / Hermann Joseph Baer". - Bindings slightly rubbed; insignificant bumping to lower spine-ends. Some foxing to interior, with some waterstaining to the first leaves of the second volume, otherwise a very appealingly preserved luxury copy of the finest collection of views of Frankfurt published in its time.
¶ Brunet III, 669 (VI, 26661). Kayser I, 78.

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Signed by the author shortly before his suicide
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Kleist, Heinrich von. Der zerbrochne Krug, ein Lustspiel. Berlin, in der Realschulbuchhandlung, 1811. Berlin, in der Realschulbuchhandlung, 1811. 8vo. 174 pp. (wanting final blank leaf). Contemporary blue wrappers. Stored in custom-made green morocco case with gilt spine and spine label.

EUR 35,000.00

First edition, signed by the author on the title page ("H. v. Kleist"). One of the most important comedies in the German repertoire, published the the year of the playwright's suicide on the shore of the Wannsee. Goethe had staged the first performance at the Weimar Hoftheater on 2 March 1808, but the play was hissed by the audience - a fiasco to which Goethe's decision to split the single-act play into three acts may have contributed. "After the botched Weimar première, Kleist published a few fragments of the play in the 'Phoebus'. For the book publication he thoroughly revised the manuscript; in particular, he radically pruned the lengthy conclusion which mainly had been responsible for the failure at Weimar. The original version is included as a 'variant' on pp. 145-174 [...] The publication was anonymously reviewed by Wilhelm Grimm in the 'Zeitung für die elegante Welt' [...] Goethe sent a copy to Johanna Schopenhauer, inquiring whether the play might be staged in this revised, abridged version" (cf. Sembdner). - An exceptional copy, wide-margined, untrimmed and in excellent condition. Provenance: Hauswedell & Nolte 436 (2012), lot 994 (with full-page illustrations on cover and plate 23: EUR 17,500 before premium); latterly in the collection of Pierre Bergé (his bookplate on the inside cover of the morocco case).
¶ Sembdner 11. Goedeke VI, 103, 8. Borst, 1138.

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With important provenance
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Kleist, Heinrich von. Das Käthchen von Heilbronn oder die Feuerprobe. Ein... großes historisches Ritterschauspiel. Berlin, Realschulbuchhandlung, 1810. Berlin, Realschulbuchhandlung, 1810. 8vo. 198 pp., final blank. Contemp. half calf with marbled covers, giltstamped blue spine label and appealingly gilt spine. All edges dyed green.

EUR 9,500.00

First edition. - Prettily bound and well preserved: a crisp and wide-margined copy, only slightly browned with very occasional foxing. Inscribed on the flyleaf: "Meinem Freunde Eduard Ludolff für -- / W. Haering / Berl. d. 8ten Novbr. 1821" (probably by the writer Wilhelm Haering, known under his pen name Willibald Alexis, for his school-friend, the lawyer Eduard Ludolff [1797-1857], who squandered his fortune on the arts and artists and later drowned himself); with another ownership, dated 1908 (Achim von Steman?). Acquired from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ WG² 7. Goedeke VI, 102, 6. Sembdner 21, 8.

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