2865 - 3576 OLD AND RARE BOOKS
= The lot comprises i.a. a red mor. binding w. both covers w. elaborate floral gilding round sides and central floral ornament containing the letters "M.H.", gilt boardedges, a.e.g. and gauffred (ON: Het Roomsch Misboek, Antw., 1767); a red mor. binding w. both covers w. central armorial ornament showing the coat of arms of KING LOUIS V, gilt borders round sides and corner fleurs de lis, a.e.g. (rebacked w. use of part of orig. backstrip (each compartment w. crowned fleur de lis); upper pastedown w. contemp. engr. armorial bookplate of "Jean-Claude Forget, Chevalier Capitaine General des Fauconneries du Cabinet du Roy". ON: L'Office de la Semaine Sainte, Paris, 1717); a small red calf binding w. elaborate floral tooling, a.e.g, 12mo (ON: Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae, Antw., 1681).
- Trifle foxed. Vellum sl. soiled; lacks 1 tie.
- Lacks the 2nd vol. Tightly bound. Lacks 1 mor. letterpiece; lower edge of backcover sl. worn; backcover w. a few soiled spots.
= Attractively bound with engraved ticket of the famous binder Louis Douceur (act. 1721-1766, died in 1769) mounted on last blank. Louis Douceur made various bindings for members of the French royal court, i.a. Madame de Pompadour was a client. On the contents, cf. Schweiger I, p.581 (ed. 1717).
- Board edges and spine rubbed; upper joint splitting near spine-ends. Otherwise fine.
= A very rare binding with silver VOC decorations with the monogram of the Enkhuizen chamber, with a stylus functioning as catch as well as pen. The silver catches bear the silver hallmark showing the coat of arms of Amsterdam and a year mark Y (1783) and an unidentified silversmith mark, but appears to be the symbol Sigma. Cf. Landwehr, VOC p.XXVII and XXIX (with illustration [w. almost identical decorations]): "Few VOC stamped bindings bearing the initials of the less important chambers, such as Delft and Rotterdam, have come to light. (...) Actually the two chambers jointly commissioned notebooks and/ or almanacs on a yearly basis from the same silversmith. Elegantly bound in sealskin, they were provided with a silverplate of an East Indiaman surrounded by scrollwork on the front and backcovers (...). Unfortunately, no specimens from the other chambers have been found". The paper bookblock is late 19th/ early 20th century (watermark H.P. Charro & zonen) and with early 20th century annotations. Perhaps the silver decorations were re-used on a later binding.
- Lacks 3 plates; endpapers partly browned. Spines trifle worn.
- Annots. on upper pastedown. Joints split(ting); spine dam. = Graesse I, p.441.
- Weakening on hinges (upper hinge almost broken); bookplate (of P.M. Heringa) on upper pastedown and w. loosely inserted bookplate of Ger Kleis. Joints and boardedges rubbed; spine-ends (sl.) dam.
= Brooks 650.
- Plates sl. foxed. Joints and spine-ends carefully restored; spine cracked; trifle worn along extremities.
= Cohen/ De Ricci 171.
- Lacks title-p., portrait, plate 6 and 7 (both added in photostat); contemp. annots. on pastedowns and first free endpaper; a few lvs. w. restored blank margins in lower outer corner occas. waterst.; the plates w. a brownish stain/ a few sm. closed tears/ trifle dustsoiled and w. sm. marginal imperfections. Rebacked w. use of parts of orig. backstrip; covers worn.
= Verhoeven/ Verkruijsse 1646-01; Buisman 204; Rouffaer/ Muller p.52; Scheepers I, 587; Hill 152; Landwehr, VOC 377; Tiele, Mémoire 168; Cat. NHSM p.173; Muller p.161: Howgego B131. Rare second edition of this very popular itinerary, often reprinted up to the nineteenth century. The voyage of Bontekoe became a byword for a voyage full of adversities. The ship caught fire after passing Madagascar and exploded when the flames reached the powder-room. The survivors continued their voyage in a shallop and after much suffering and many adventures they were rescued in Straits Sunda by a Dutch fleet under F. Houtman. The rest of the journal narrates Bontekoe's further experiences in Indonesia and China until his safe arrival in his hometown Hoorn. "Bontekoe's Journal (...) became one of the most popular books of its genre. Written in a simple, earthy language, it ran to thirty editions in the following fifty years and was translated into nearly every European language. At one time it was reckoned to be out-selling the New Testament." (Howgego). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXIX.
- Binding trifle stained; vellum frontcover splitting at lower edge. A fine copy.
= Landwehr, RdH as bookillustrator 18.
- All vols. w. sm. stamp and owner's entry on first free endpaper; trifle foxed. All vols. corners showing.
- New endpapers; last part sl. waterst.
= Third Dutch edition of Voyage autour du monde (...), first published in Paris in 1771. Cf. Tiele 177 (1st ed.); Sabin 6872; Henze I, p.320; Cat. NHSM I, p.137 (ed. Paris, 1772); Rouffaer/ Muller p.601 (ed. Paris, 1771); Oeilly/ Reitman 289; Howgego I, B142; Cox I, p.55 (other eds.): "The expedition here described had to do with the delivery of the Falkland Islands to Spain (...). After having performed this duty he was ordered to proceed across the Pacific Ocean to the East Indies and thence back home. This was the first French expedition to sail around the world... The expedition visited the Island of Tahiti, which was annexed for France and called La Nouvelle Cythere... Several other South Sea islands were also visited (...)". Hill 163: "Bougainville's accounts of Pacific Islanders in this work echoed Jean Jacques Rousseau's concepts of the "noble savage", and inspired Denis Diderot to write his denunciation of European contact with indigenous peoples."
- Sl. foxed; some 19th cent. annots. Bindings rubbed along extremities; vol. 1 sl. dam. at top of spine; corners showing. Otherwise an attractively bound set.
= Cohen/ De Ricci, p.1015; Sander 1964; Brunet V, p.1209. Vol. 1 and 2 with an extra frontisp. from another edition.
- One map w. sm. tear; one plate w. closed tear. Frontcover stained and sl. mouldy.
- Occas. foxed. Fine copy. = Haitsma Mulier/ Van der Lem 328h. The rare first and only edition.
- Partly (vaguely) waterst. = Very rare Dutch edition.
- Vaguely waterst. throughout; frontisp. frayed/ creases in outer right margin. Pastedowns loose.
= Rahir 2086.
BOUND WITH: Articuli Pacis Unionis et Confoederationis perpetuo duratorae. Ibid., iidem, 1655, 42p., woodcut printer's mark on title-p., 8 engr. portraits. - AND 1 other, P. MERULA, Commentariolus de statu confoederatum provinciarum Belgii (The Hague, 1659, engr. frontsip., contemp. vellum, 12mo).
- First blanks loosening; waterst. in outer margin at the beginning. Vellum frontcover dam. at lower corner.
= Van der Haar, Schatkamer B541.
AND 2 others, i.a. W. SCHORTINGHUIS, Geestelike gesangen/ Bevindelike gesangen (...) (Gron., 1752, 2 parts in 1 vol., contemp. vellum) and P. VAN SORGEN, Dichtkundige Ziele-Zangen (Utr., n.d., contemp. vellum).