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Unique collection of theses dating from the 16th to the 20th century.  So far 325 titles have been described here, approximately 200 more are still to be listed. Subjects Classical antiquity, theology, history,zoology, botany, physics, chemistry. The majority are in the medical field.

Collection Petits poètes français et belges – the Collection Juliette Decreus
A collection consisting of the following 115 titles, mostly in original wrappers or covers
Many/most are with authors’ handwritten dedication to the Belgian literary critic and poet
Juliette Decreus-van Liefland. Where her name is not mentioned in dedications, these were
still meant for her as this collection for a large part came from her library in the 1960-80-ies.

Jews and Slavs. 24 volumes (volume 24 not yet published)

Russian books, List EMF 138

The Tale of Igor's Campaign and Palekh miniature ]  Edition de Luxe
of the medieval epic of the Kievan Rus'.
about h 43.2 cm x w 29.8 cm x d 2.0 cm. Moscow, Academia, 1934

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo: Aurelij Augustini Prima Quinquagena
Basilee : Iohannem de Amerbach, 1497,
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Me'ah Berachot from a private Collection in  New York .
An 18th-century miniature book of blessings and prayers.
A fine limited edition of 550 copies: 400 copies printed on vellum and 150
copies printed on a specially milled parchment paper. This is copy 495
ISBN 0 948223 146    (out of print )     £ 595

Vehmeyer, H.M.,
Clocks: Their Origin and Development 1320-1880. 2 Volumes.

Unique Christmas present from Oxford : Silk Scarf: Oxford City and the Broad

The Oxford Bestiarium [bestiary ]
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century

Codex Sinaiticus
A Facsimile Published in 2010. Hardback, 832 pages, 340 x 420mm, 822 colour illustrations £495.00
weight about 20 lbs.  A beautiful facsimile of the world's oldest Bible.

David Roberts The Holy Land * Egypt and Nubia.
2 folio-sized volumes. Published by the Folio Society (out of print )
All 247 Lithographs In The First Ever Large-scale Reproduction  £1750

Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel]
The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit. The Silmarillion 5 Volumes.
One of the numbered sets of the leatherbiound Folio society edition

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Acquisitions rare books 
2014 part one
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2014 part two
Rare Books
part three
The Loeb Classical Library
43 titles
Dekesel, Christian E.  & Yvette M.M. Dekesel-De Ruyck
A bibliography of  18th Century
5 Volumes.
1 - 3 so far published
rare books
2015 part one

Robert Cruikshank 7 original coloured aquatints, in identical 
wooden frames behind glass with brass wall hooks in the centres of 
top and bottom of the frames. Each measures  240 x 180 mm including
the frames. 6 of these have the titles, name of the engraver R. Cruikshank, 
Publ. by Sherwood, Jones, and Co., 1824

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James Joyce Ulysses
Limited edition in full leather

Siborne, Captain W.,
History of the War in France and Belgium, in 1815. Containing 
Minute Details of the Battles of Quatre-Bras, Ligny, Wavre, 
and Waterloo. By Captain W. Silborne. 2 Volumes + Folder 
with all the Battle Maps. London. T and W Boone. 1844, 
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Arabic Texts & Studies, Islam; Biblical Studies; Egyptology;Far 
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Studies; Pico della Mirandola; Marsilio Ficino, Paracelsus

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The last Costume ball in the Winter Palace .(1903) 
2 volumes. (Kostiumirovannyi bal v Zimnem dvortse ) Bi-lingual English-Russian edition. £ 395.00
2003. Edition of 4000 copies One hundred years ago the office in charge of editing the State papers started work on the creation of a unique album : that of photogravures and photographs of the guests at the costume ball that took place in the winter Palace on 11 and 13 February 1903. The participants all wore 17th century clothing. In the end it was the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna herself who became the editor-in-chief of this album. Only a few copies of the original album survive in libraries and private collections. This edition is not a reprint of that rare 1904 volume, but it is an attempt by the publishers to show the guests of the ball as we see them today, one hundred years later. 


DEMIDOFF, Anatole de, Prince of San Donato. 
Voyage dans la Russie  méridionale & la Crimée par la Hongrie, la Valachie & la Moldavie  exécuté en 1837...par MM. de Sainson, Le Play, Hout, Léveillé, de  Nordmann, Rousseau et du Ponceau
Dédié à Sa Majesté Nicolas Premier,  Empereur de toutes des Russies. Dessiné d'après nature et lithographié par (Auguste) Raffet. With 100 tinted lithographs printed on India paper, by  Auguste Raffet and printed by Auguste Bry (including additional lithographed  title, and 9 other lithographed section titles), all with tissues.  Half-title, illus. lithogr. title to face the title-page, with a plate  list on verso numb. 1-100. 2 unn. pp. (half title), pp. 3- 64 with  descriptive text for the plates nos. 1-87 (no description for the text  of the plates 88-100 as usual, so complete). Large folio (530 x 350 mm).  Contemp. black half chagrin, back gilt. With heraldic bookplate Louis  Mondanton. . Paris: Publié par Gihaut Frères, [1838-1848 ] 
First edition of this rare and complete album of an expedition through  Hungary to southern Russia, returning by way of Constantinople and  Smyrnia.  Plates nos. 1 (frontispiece) - 8, Hungary; nos. 9- 19, Wallachia; nos.  20- 24, Moldova; nos. 25- 30 Bessarabia; nos. 31- 54 Crimea, 1st part;  nos. 55- 68, Camp of Vosnessensk, inter alia portrait of Nicolas I;  nos. 69- 80; Crimea, 2nd part; nos. 88- 100 show the portraits of the  members of the expedition.  The present huge work describes and illustrates scenery and exotic  architecture, not only of the Russian meridional region, and depicts  also uniforms, military camps, costumes, professions, festivities,  trade, custom and manners of Armenians, Cossacks, Gipsies, Jews,  Russians, Tartars, Turks, etc. An interior of a coffee shop is shown.  This scientific journey to southern Russia and the Crimea, etc. was  organized by Count Demidoff (1812-70) on behalf of the government. 22  scholars (of which Jules Janin wrote the descriptive text), and  artists (of which Raffet was the most important one) accompanied the  expedition. 
Opposite plate 93, (portrait of J. J. Huout) is a 3- page  A.L.S. by his son Paul dated Colmar, 1 July 1868 .. 
Prince  Demidoff was a famous art collector. His collection was sold in Paris  in 1870.- 2 small stamps and stamped number on title, a few slight  spots, and some light smudging to margins at the beginning. A nice  association copy on large paper. Brunet II, 583; Vicaire III, 167; NBG 13/14, p. 559 & NBG 25/26, p. 578; cf. Atabey 337 (later ed.); not in Blackmer. £12,500

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Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, (  1600-1681 ) 
Comedias del celebre poeta espanñol Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Cavallero del Orden de Santiago, Capellan de Honor de S. M. y de los 
Señores Reyes Nuevos de la Santa Iglesia de Toledo, que saca a la luz Don Juan Fernández de Apontes, y las dedica al mismo Don Pedro Calderon 
de la Barca, etc., Madrid, Viuda de don Manuel Fernández e Imprenta del Supremo Consejo de la Inquisición, 1760 – 1763. 11 volumes bound in 10 volumes.  Extremely rare complete set



Nikolaus Ludwig Graf von von Zinzendorf 
(1700-1760 )  A unique collection

MONTUCLA, J.F., [Jean Etienne, 
1725 - 1799]
Histoire des mathématiques dans laquelle on rend compte de 
leurs progrès depuis leur origine jusqu'à nos jours ; où l'on 
expose le tableau et le développement des principales découvertes 
dans toutes les parties des mathématiques les contestations qui 
se sont élevées entre les mathématiciens et les principaux
traits de la vie des plus célèbres. Nouvelle édition considérablement
augmentée et prolongée jusque vers l'époque actuelle . P., Agasse, 
An VII/An X;  4 volumes



Linen-bound hardcover with glossy jacket plus protective case , showing 241 colour icons (most of these are full-size icons and with details),  2011, Hardback in protective slip case, 552 pages (23x32 cm), 241 colour icons (most of them full-page).  £135

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Vincent van Gogh 
the letters
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Heidenheim, Hanns H., Woodcuts of the Bible. 5 Volumes
5 volumes in folio. splendid edition, one of 300 numbered copies printed by hand from original woodblocks on hand-made Japanese paper. All prints signed by the artist/printer. Bound bloc-book type in oak-tanned cowhide, covers embossed from woodblock. Folder and slipcase covered in hand-made paper, main title and masthead of the volumes are also woodcuts. Düsseldorff, Ursus presse, 1965-1970. Splendid set. 



 Tolkien: Lord of the Rings. 
3 volumes  First edition 1954/1955
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Clairmont, Christoph W. Classical Attic Tombstones.  7 Text Volumes and One Plate Volume and Supplementary Volume. 
together 9 volumes £245
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bumped corners 
(hardly noticeable) at £225



Vincent M. Holt 
Why Not Eat Insects ?
ISBN 0854550240

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Zabelin, I., (1820 - 1908 )
Moskva v eia proshlom i nastoiashchem. 
Roskoshno-illiyustrirovannoe izd., posviyashchennoe pamiyati I.E. Zabelina V izdani prinimaiut uchastie D. N. 
Anuchin i dr. Redaktsiia G. Balitskogo volumes I (1-2); II (1-2); IV  (also marked 7) ; VIII, IX, X, XI, XII  in  fine new half leather bindings 

Helmut Ricke: Glass Art. Reflections of the Centuries. £12.50

Vincent van Gogh - The Letters.The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition. Six volumes slipcased with a CD-ROM of the letters in their original languages
The Curzon Gospel
Volume I: An Annotated Edition; Volume II: A Linguistic and Textual Introduction
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