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Madrid: Alonso Martin, 1609.
The "Spanish Hakluyt" Herrera's annotated copy of Argensola's classic work on the western PacificSmall folio, pp. , 407 [i.e. 411]; eighteenth-century stiff parchment. A remarkable and very important association copy of this great book, by a figure whose circle of literary colleagues included both Cervantes.....
Amsterdam: Jan Rieuwertsz and Pieter Arentsz, 1669.
French incursions in the East IndiesQuarto, with eight engraved plates; bound in later period-style full calf, spine gilt with raised bands, ex libris of Saint Charles de Bourbon seminary on title;. First Dutch edition, and rare. This is the only separate appearance.....
London: Printed for John Bill, 1614.
"The Inhabitants of that South continent, are Idolaters"Small quarto, bound with another work in contemporary limp vellum; boxed. First edition: Brerewood, professor of astronomy and scholar in many fields, discusses the tongues in which the liturgy is celebrated, and identifies the parts of.....
Amsterdam: Louis Elzevir, 1653.
Build a wall "lest the English should break in and bring heresy."24mo., engraved title, all edges gilt; in nineteenth-century full red morocco, gilt arms of Henry J.B. Clements on front cover, spine banded and gilt. Attractive small Elzevir edition of this utopian work by the.....
London: R. Royston, 1676.
The dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'Folio, with a frontispiece and double page 'Tree of Faith' plate, several other cuts in the text; contemporary gilt-ruled polished crimson calf, spine with gilt decorated panels between raised bands. A beautifully printed history of the early church, illustrated with.....
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable.....
London: B. Tooke and G. Strahan, 1703. Quarto; title page thumbed; polished half calf by Sangorski and Sutcliff. Early edition of John Crown's best play. Based on the Spanish play No Puedesser, and written at the command of Charles II, Sir Courtly Nice was first performed (and published) in 1685.....
Rouen: Robert Machuel le jeune & Eustache Herault, 1715.
A beautiful set of the first full collection of DampierFive volumes, duodecimo, with a total of 34 engraved maps, coastal profiles and harbour plans (12 folding) and 32 plates (13 folding) including engraved title pages and frontispiece for volume I-III;.....
Geneva: heirs of Pierre de la Rovière, 1626-1630.
Banned by the VaticanFolio, five volumes bound in four, contemporary full vellum; with contemporary annotations to front blank of first volume. Early edition of the influential, and highly controversial, history of Europe by French luminary Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). A......
London: Jacob Tonson, 1682. Small quarto, 32pp.; protected in modern wrapper. First edition, second issue: 'the second of Dryden's political satires'. The acquittal of the Earl of Shaftesbury on charges of treason for opposing the succession of the Catholic James was regarded as a great Whig victory. Flushed with success.....
Amsterdam: Jan Jansz, 1645.
First voyage of the DuyfkenOblong folio, 28 pp.; bound in full dark-brown oasis. First edition of one of the first Dutch voyages across the Indian Ocean, published as one of the pieces that make up Commelin's voyage collection Begin ende Voortgangh. Harmensz was in joint.....
Delft: Henry van Rhin, 1711. Duodecimo, speckled calf, First edition: a theocratic republic on a South American Island. The author of this utopia remains unknown, but the preface is signed E.R.V.F.L. A fertile island with the capital Macarie had been sliding into corruption and godlessness until society was 'gradually reformed.....
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern.....
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1693.
Lost among the "Australiens"Duodecimo, 177 pp., in crushed brown morocco by Sangorski. Scarce seventeenth-century Paris edition of one of the most significant of all imaginary voyages, with clear links to the wider literature of travel and a connection with Quiros. The "south land" is used.....
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: W. Botham, for James Knapton, 1707.
An unhappy account of an unhappy voyageOctavo, with five folding maps (one with small repair) and ten engraved plates; contemporary lightly panelled calf, very well rebacked. First edition of this important contemporary account of an early circumnavigation of the globe in which.....
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.
With more than 2500 botanical woodcutsThick folio, with more than 2500 woodcut illustrations of plants, as well as numerous other woodcut decorations; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine ornately gilt in wide compartments, red morocco label. A splendid copy of one of.....
Jena: Bauhofer, 1667.
Esoteric idols and child sacrificeSmall quarto, with nine woodcuts throughout the text and a folding plate; in modern gilt ruled mottled calf, leaf of manuscript notes dated 1718 pasted to front blank endpaper. Scarce comparative study of non-Christian religious practices (the so called religionum profanum), containing.....
London: Printed by A.C. for P. Chetwind, and A. Seile…, 1677.
"Terra Australis Incognita, or the Southern Continent"Folio, printed title in red and black, with an additional engraved title and four folding maps; contemporary dark sprinkled calf. A famous geographical work by the seventeenth-century theologian and historian, here in.....
Rotterdam: Joannes Naeranus, 1668.
Imaginary Dutch discoveries in Western Australia; between Pelsaert and VlaminghSmall quarto, 20 pp; old quarter calf with marbled boards. Early and very rare Dutch edition of this remarkable imaginary voyage, an utopia become dystopian, in which a ship of the VOC (Dutch East India Company).....
Paris: chez Thomas Perier, 1584.
French efforts to colonise the unknown southern landTall octavo, title-page vignette, with the 10 pp. index and 2 pp. errata, early owner's marks including neat library stamp to title-page; an excellent and very attractive tall copy in eighteenth-century sprinkled calf, flat spine gilt with.....
London: Company of Stationers, 1614.
Pocket book for a local magistrateTwo works bound together, small octavo; title, 634,  pp.; 94 pp. (Duties of Constables); contemporary limp vellum with faint manuscript lettering to spine. A handsome compendium of two early legal manuals: these early seventeenth-century handbooks of common law.....