2726 - 3272 OLD AND RARE BOOKS
- Pastedowns partly loosening; partly waterstained in lower outer corners; six maps sl. frayed along outer margin. Corners showing; spine-ends chipped; backstrip sl. worn; lower edge frontcover w. sm. dam. spot. Despite defects a fine, complete copy.
= The rare first edition. Tiele 296/ 297; Paulitschke 190. Cat. NHSM, Mendelssohn, Kainbacher, Gay all later editions and translations. The first large general description of the African continent. The work is based on the early accounts of the Portuguese and Spanish explorers, the English works by Purchass and Jarrick, the journals and descriptions of Dutch navigators like Van Noort, Van Neck, Linschoten, Spilbergen, but especially on unpublished reports and eye-witness accounts of Dutch merchants, visitors and soldiers. Very detailed on the West Coast, where the Dutch ivory-, gold- and slave-trade flourished and on Angola (Luanda was captured by a WIC fleet in 1647). On the settlement on the Cape only a cursory note is found, while the surrounding tribes are described with remarkable detail. The second part, devoted to the African islands, from Malta to Madagascar, includes an ample account of the French colonization of the latter. The work is famous for its splendid detailed maps and plates, i.a. engraved after drawings by Reinier Noomsz (Zeeman). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVI.
- Text vols. sl. foxed throughout, the third vol. final few leaves sl. browned. Atlas vol. title-p. and list of contents sl. foxed and yellowed, title-p. also sl. waterstained in corners; spine restored and wr. partly duststained and sl. creased; 17 plates and the map w. oval blindst. author's name and title below image (mostly stamped on caption) and all plates as well as the map w. small libr. stamp of the Univ. of Michigan in lower outer corner. Otherwise plates trifle age-toned but very fine.
= The title page of the Atlas with stamp of the "Bibliotheque du Roi Palais Royal", indicating this copy presumably was handed over to king Louis Philippe by Douville in 1832 (and subsequently, when the veracity of his travels was strongly doubted, removed from the library). Gay 3071; Broc p.118f; Howgego II, D27: "(...) According to his narrative, Douville arrived at Benguela in December 1827, then followed the coast to Luanda (...) From Luanda he ascended the River Cuanza and crossed to Kassouga, on the frontier between Angola and Congo. By descending the Cuango (Kwango) he reached the Kasai and visited the region around Lac Leopold II. He then descended the Congo (Zaire) to the coast. Douville returned to France in 1831 and in the following year published his four-volume Voyage au Congo (...). The account was first received enthousiastically (...) and Douville was awarded the gold medal of the Société. However, the obvious exaggerations of some of his statements soon aroused suspicion. (...) Subsequent discoveries proved the truth of the accusations against him, meaning that the precise extent of his travels must remain conjectural. In fact it is probable that he never went beyond the coast, and it is generally agreed that much of his narrative was based on unpublished Portuguese documents (...)." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVII.
Idem. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED "J.B. Douville" and addressed to "Monsieur de la Menais", dated "Paris le 27. Sepbre 1831", pen and ink, 1 leaf, recto only.
- Sl. foxed.
= A letter addressed to La Menais, then editor of the journal l'Avenir. "J'ai le honneur de vous adresser l'aperçu d'un voyage que je viens de faire dans le centre de l'Afrique au sud de l'Equateur. Je vous prie d'en annoncer la prochaine publication." He finishes off his letter by politely mentioning the high esteem in which he has held La Menais since his college days at St.Malo where they first met.
- Scattered stamps/ blindstamps ("The English Library - Algiers"), mostly in blank margins of text, but also on frontisp. and title-p. of both vols. (other plates not affected); shelf-no. in pen on both title-pages; occas. sl. foxed; one plate loose; map in vol. 1 sl. creased on fold. Darkened spot on both backstrips from former libr. ticket. "Bound by Strubhard May 1877" in contemp. pen and ink on both upper pastedowns.
= Hilmy II, p.111; Gay 2732; Henze IV, p.85ff. and Howgego II, P24. Welsh mining engineer who initially came to Egypt in 1845 to prospect for coal for the governor Mohammed Ali, but eventually earned his money as elephant hunter and ivory trader, and while travelling explored the area of the Bahr-el-Ghazal to the west of the Nile. "(...) In 1858 he acted as British vice-consul in Khartoum, and in the following year returned to England to raise funds for further trade. He brought with him a valuable map of the Upper Nile, which was widely consulted by John Hanning Speke prior to his second journey. By prior arrangement, Petherick returned via the Nile to Khartoum, where in 1862 he entertained Samuel Baker, then in February 1863 proceeded south to rendezvous with Speke, who was traveling northward, at Gondokoro. When Petherick and his wife arrived a few days late, despite having spent a year struggling overland, Speke condemned Petherick for having squandered the money he had been given by the Royal Geographic Society to provide support for his expedition and accused him of being more interested in elephant hunting and slave trading. As a result of Speke's accusations, Petherick was removed from his post as vice-consul and returned to England. Although Petherick retaliated with counter-argument, he never fully re-established his reputation." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVII.
- Sl. foxed; occas. dampstained in outer margin; map w. sm. tears along outer edge/ doubled w. japanese. Binding sl. worn; spine sl. sunned.
= Eight of the fifteen plates in fine contemporary handcolouring. No other copies traced with handcoloured plates. With AUTOGRAPH SIGNED DEDICATION to "Madame Robin du Parn". "Bei seinem zweiten Schoa-Besuch führte R., der die Akademie der Wissenschaften mit den nötigen Instrumenten versehen hatte, eine Reihe magnetischer, barometrischer und astronomischer Messungen aus." (Henze 4); Milkias 9496; Hilmy II, p.178; Gay 115.
- Owner's entry on first title-p.; first part (sl.) browned; occas. sl. foxing. Vellum sl. soiled.
= Ad 1: Dekkers p.2; Haitsma Mulier/ Van der Lem 9b. Ad 2: during the Hoeksche en Kabeljauwse Twisten Rotterdam was for some time ruled by Frans van Brederode. The book is mainly on fights with surrounding cities such as Gouda, Hillegersberg, Schoonhoven, Delft. The last 25p. consist of the "Comedie van 't beroerde Schiedam". Van Balen-Chavannes 4. Rare.
- Title-p. browned, sl. dam. and doubled; blank corners of first 10 leaves strengthened; bird's eye view a few (large) closed tears; large plan by C. DREBBEL loose, chipped spot w. closed tear in left margin (touching image), several closed sm. holes along (strengthened) folds and sl. dampstained/ sl. browned along one former fold.
= Nijhoff/ Van Hattum 88. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVIII.
- Lacks the large plan by C. DREBBEL; one plan tear repaired w. tape; title-p. loose; occas. sl. dampstained/ fingersoiled; pastedowns loose. Covers lack paper over board; foot of spine dam.; spine rubbed and lacks letterpiece (sm. piece remaining).
= Nijhoff/ Van Hattum 87 and 88.
- Contents w. sm. defects or fine. Year 1815 and 1816 spines worn and splitting.
= Year 1814 contains a chapter on new dances (dans-toeren) with 4 engraved plates.
- Fold. map almost entirely split on fold and sl. creased. Backstrip dam., otherwise fine.
= Rare. Cf. Waller 75.
- Year 1816 a few lvs. w. brown stain in lower margin, sl. affecting text.
= Both rare, perhaps all published. Waller 101; Cat. The Children's World of Learning 2642. Rare almanac to honour, after the fall of Napoleon, the newly appointed king William I of Orange.
Souvenir-national Almanach-historique des Pays-Bas. Pour l'an 1816. Ibid., idem, (1815), (18),116,(28)p., engr. title, contemp. boards, a.e.g., 16mo.
- Lacks the 7 engr. portraits of the Dutch royal family. Spine splitting.
= Very rare almanach, probably a French edition or variation of the almanach above. Only one copy traced in the Oranje-Nassau library.
AND 2 other almanachs, i.a. publ. by the same: Almanach der Musen en Gratiën (...) 1814.
- Interleaved copy w. a few contemp. annots.; silk ribbon partly torn off.
Tielsche Calender of Schrijf-Almanak, volgens den Nieuwen Verbeterden Gregoriaanschen Stijl, voor het jaar Onzes Heeren Jezus Christus; 1834/ 1839.
Ibid., Joh. Noman en Zoon, (1833/ 1838), 2 vols., (16),48,32; (16),46,32,(48 blank)p., contemp. unif. limp vellum wallet binding w. tie, sm. 8vo
- Both copies partly interleaved. First vol. lacks ties.
Oprechte Geldersche Calender of Schryf-Almanach, op het Jaar onzes Heeren Jesu Christi, MDCCLXXXIX, gevolgt na B. Elias Dapper. Voorzien met alle de voornaamste Jaar-, Paerde-, Beeste- en Leermarkten; der Vereenigde Nederlanden, als mede de Op- en Ondergang van Zon en Maan op ieder dag. Als mede De Ordre op 't afryden der Wagens, het varen der Schepen en Schuiten, en vertrekken der Boden in de voornaamste Steden: en vermeerdert met een Koren-Boekje van de voornaamste Steden en Plaatsen: als ook een beknopte Lyst der regerende Keizers, Koningen enz. Nijmegen, D. Boumeester, (1788), (52)p., partly printed in black and red, without binding, sm. 8vo.
- First three lvs. w. sm. inkstains in blank margins; corners sl. dogeared. Contemp. annot. in pen and ink. Good copy, partly interleaved and w. extra blank lvs. bound at the end.
AND 9 other almanacs (incl. 1 duplicate), various bindings: TIELSCHE ALMANAK 1873, 1874, 1879-1881, 1883, 1886, 1890.
- Modern biographical annotation on Elisabeth Santvoort tipped on upper pastedown. Binding lacks clasp; vellum partly detached in lower part.
= Interleaved copy with many entries by Elisabeth De Jong-Santvoort (1765-1846). Her daughter Anna Benjamina was married to the forester Cornelis de Loecker, apparently a personal friend of the Dutch royal family. The entries date from 1825 to 1841 and describe many personal activities of her family and employees but also events in society (i.a. the first Dutch cholera infection in 1832). She also mentions visits and diners by De Loecker to the royal family and hunting trips with prince Alexander: "1834 3 juny Loecker met de klyne kroonprins visschen te Boxtel, mede genomen pannekoeke 4 hoender, rystepape, gedronken 3 flesschen rode wyn, ook aarbeziën (...). 15 juny Loecker met de klyne kroonprins op Endvogele jagt (...)".
- Formerly folded; unevenly browned on verso. = Rare almanac in the shape of a poster.
- Two bookplates and owner's entry on upper pastedown and first free endpaper; last few lvs. with sm. wormhole in upper margin; portion of text crossed out on last leaf.
= From the library of Friedrich August von Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Oels (1740-1805). On Johann Heinrich Alsted (1588-1638): "The majority of Alsted's writings were on theology, and in them he displayed the same logical and encyclopedic approach found in the philosophical writings. (...) His writings covered the whole spectrum of natural philosophy: commentaries on the cabala, the Ars magna of Lull, mnemonics, traditional and Ramist logic, physics, mathematics, and astronomy." (DSB 1&2 p.125-127). Extremely rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVII.
- A few owner's entries/ stamps on first free endpaper/ first blank. Vol. 1 vellum sl. scratched and stained.
= Nijhoff/ Van Hattum 19; Haitsma Mulier/ Van der Lem 44.
- Without the prize; erased entry on title-p. (sm. hole); 2 plates loose; lower hinge broken and bookblock loosening. Lacks ties; top of spine sl. rubbed.
= Nijhoff/ Van Hattum 19; Haitsma Mulier/ Van der Lem 44; on the binding: Spoelder 6.
- Plan and 2 lvs. loose(ning).
= Knuttel 6706. The interesting plan including the positions of the "Schildwachte en Ruijtery". Rare.
- One text leaf w. tear in upper margin, just touching text; the second half of the book has a faint waterstain in lower blank margin. Small restoration in upper margin frontcover. Otherwise a fine copy.
= Unique copy with 5-line AUTOGRAPH SIGNED DEDICATION on verso first free endpaper: "Ornatissimo, doctissimo, humanissimoq. Viro Juveni D. Johanni Helmont J.[uris] U.[triusque] candidato, ob virtutem, & doctrinam mihi impense dilecto, affectus & benevolentiae testandae ergo libeus meritoq. offero et dono Caspar Barlaeus". The dedicatee Johan Helmont can not with absolute certainty be identified as Jan Baptiste van Helmont (born in 1577 and, like Caspar Barlaeus, a doctor of medicine), the reason being that Barlaeus refers to him in his dedication as a young man ("Juvenus"). In any case, autographs by Caspar Barlaeus are extremely rare (no autographs by Barlaeus traced in JAP 1990-2018), and an autograph dedication in a rarely found complete copy of this beautiful Dutch Royal Entry Book on the visit to Amsterdam in 1637 by the Queen Dowager, Maria de Medici, makes this without doubt a unique copy. Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 108; Snoep, Praal en propaganda p.39-76; Kat. Berlin Orn. 2949; Hollstein XIV, 86-94 and XXIV, a-h; F.M. 1793. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVIII.
- Vol. 1 tear in fold in large fold. plan; a few plates w. waterstain at inner margin; both vols. occas. lvs. w. marginal defects (sm. tears, sm. stains); vol. 2 first few quires w. wormhole in lower inner corner; both vols. trifle/ sl. foxed/ browned. Vol. 2 tear in upper compartment spine; first vol. upper joint splitting; both vols. worn/ rubbed along extremities.
= Nijhoff/ Van Hattum 68. The second edition (first 1693-94) of the best 17th cent. description of Amsterdam, based on the works by the predecessors Dapper and Van Domselaar and on materials furnished by the author's father Isaac Commelin. The author (1636-1693) had free access to the archives of the city and therefore his work contains much more reliable sources and official documents than the works by Dapper and Van Domselaar. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXIX.
- Two plates loose; vol. 1 waterst. at the beginning; both vols. bookplate on upper pastedown. Both vols. portions of backstrip lacking; corners bumped.
= Nijhoff/ Van Hattum 68. The second edition (first 1693-94) of the best 17th cent. description of Amsterdam, based on the works by the predecessors Dapper and Van Domselaar and on materials furnished by the author's father Isaac Commelin. The author (1636-1693) had free access to the archives of the city and therefore his work contains much more reliable sources and official documents than the works by Dapper and Van Domselaar.