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The Second Japanese Embassy to Europe


AMATI, Scipione. Historia del regno di Voxu del Giapone, dell, antichita, nobilta, e valore del suo re Idate Masamune... Rome, Giacomo Mascardi, 1615.

Very rare FIRST EDITION of this critical source for THE SECOND JAPANESE MISSION TO EUROPE of 1614, a Franciscan public relations event that sought to repeat the success of the first mission of 1585, which had been brilliantly engineered by their rivals the Jesuits and to inspire financial and political support.
$28,500


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'Encyclopedie Americano' For Armchair Travellers


Anonymous. Il gazzettiere americano contenente un Distinto Ragguaglio di Tutte le Parti del Nuovo Mondo della loro Situazione, Clima, Terreno, Prodotti, Stato Antico e Moderno... Livorno, Marco Coltellini, 1763.

First Italian edition of this comprehensive geographical dictionary of the New World, greatly enlarged with 80 newly engraved plates.
$7,500


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PROTECTING VOYAGES TO THE AMERICAS
INSURANCE POLICIES FROM 1770s MARSEILLE


[TRADE] / [2 INSURANCE POLICIES] / [MARTINIQUE. ] Anonymous. Au nom de Dieu et de la S(ain)te Vierge, que Dieu conduise le tout a bon sauvement. [Marseille], 1774 and 1777.

Two rare folio-size maritime insurance policies from 1770s Marseille relating to mercantile voyages to France’s American colonies in the Caribbean, and valuable witnesses to the more practical, bureaucratic aspects of maritime trade in late 18th-century France.
$5,500


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PRISONER EXCHANGE DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION


[AMERICAN REVOLUTION / LOUIS XVI] Anonymous. Cartel pour l’échange général de tous les prisonniers pris en mer, entre la France & la Grande-Bretagne, & amenés en Europe. Paris, L’Impremerie Royale, 1780.

First edition of this list of maritime prisoners exchanged between France and England during the American Revolution.
$1,250


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THE PARIS COSMOGRAPHIA OF APIANUS
WITH THE WORLD MAP & WITH VOLVELLES INTACT


APIANUS, Petrus. Cosmographia Petri Apiani, per gemmam Frisium…. Paris, Viviantius Gaultherot, 1553 (1551 col).

An attractive and genuine example – with all volvelles present – of this copiously illustrated Paris edition (1553) of one of the most important astronomical and geographic texts of the Renaissance, Petrus Apianus’ Cosmographia. The work’s large, cordiform world map contains the most influential 16th-century representation of the New World (with South America labelled ‘America’ and North America depicted as a long strip of land labeled ‘Baccalearum,’ or ‘Land of Cod’).
$12,500


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