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THE LIVES OF ANDREA DORIA & CAMILLO ORSINO


CAPELLONI, Lorenzo. Vita del Prencipe Andrea Doria… con un compendio della medesima vita, e con due tavole, l'una delle cose piu generali, et l'altra delle cose piu notabili. Venice, Giolito de’ Ferrari, 1565.

Second and first editions, respectively, of the biographies of two great contemporary Italians: the naval commander Andrea Doria and the Papal prelate and military commander Camillo Orsino. Both works are accompanied by very finely engraved portraits with emblematic borders.
$3,450


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MEXICAN ANTIQUITIES
IN CONTEMPORARY HANDCOLOR


Dupaix, Guillaume; Castaneda, José Luciano (illustr.); . Antiquités mexicaines. Relation des trois Expéditions du Capitaine Dupaix, ordonnées en 1805, 1806, et 1807, pour la Recherche des Antiquités du Pays, notamment celles de Mitla et de Palenque… . Paris, Didot, 1834.

First edition, first issue of this monumental work, here in a rare example with fine contemporary hand-colouring.
$175,000


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THE ECONOMICS OF AN ARISTOCRATIC ESTATE
IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
AN EARLY ILLUSTRATED WORK ON FORESTRY


ESTANCELIN, Louis. Collection de Cartes Concernant les Forêts, Triages et Bois Taillis du Comté-Pairie d’Eu, Avec plusieures Desseins et Etats analogues au Commerce et à la Partie des Bois. [France], Gravée par Chambon, 1768.

Only edition of this unusual volume surveying the wooded holdings of the Count of Eu, in Upper Normandy, a work comprised entirely of 40 fine, single-sided engravings, including a pictorial title page, 13 calligraphic plates of text, charts and tables, 5 botanical and industrial images, and 21 handsome, precise maps of the woods, copses and forests within the County of Pairie d’Eu. “This volume, evidently not intended for general sale, is a great rarity” (Thiébaud, 155).
$6,850


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Battle of the Biographers


[SWEDEN / CHARLES XII / VOLTAIRE] FABRICE, Friedrich Ernst von.. Anecdotes du sejour du roi de Suede a Bender, ou, Lettres de Mr. le baron de Fabrice pour servir d’eclaircissement a l’histoire de Charles XII. Hamburg, Christian Herold, 1760.

Rare first French edition (first German: 1759) of this account of Charles XII’s exile in Turkey, published on the request of Voltaire to supplement his biography of the monarch and validate it vis-à-vis the rival biography published by Nordberg.
$1,250


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[[NUMISMATICS]] FUESLI [Fussli], Jean Gaspard. Collection complette de toutes les médailles du Chévalier Jean Charles Hedlinguer, dessinées par ... et gravées en maniére noire par Jean Elie Haid. . Augsburg, Jean Jaques Haid et Fils, 1782.

Very rare first edition of this work illustrating the medals of Swiss-born Johann Karl Hedlinger (1691-1771), the celebrated medalists whose works rate as “the most elegant and individualistic effigies of the 18th century.”
$4,500


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