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Golden Age, Moreelse, Johannes

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Item Description: 1634. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Moreelse, Johannes (illustrator). Oil painting on canvas, 115 x 90,8 cm, before 1634. A fantasy portrait, a so-called tronie, depicting the Greek tyrant Periandros - ruling Corinth from 627 to 585 BC - with turban, coronet, hermine mantle, gold scepter and chain. Moreelse's virtuosity is abundantly present in this painting, not in the least because the observer is drawn so close to the life-size subject. Periandros’s right hand holds an open book and his left hand points to the left page with the phrase: ‘Milete to pan’ or ‘Practice makes perfect’, we expect to hear his voice at any moment while simultaneously moving his forefinger from the left to the right. There is a clear relationship between the style in which the present Greek tyrant is painted and that of a pendant by Johannes Moreelse, Democritus, in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. For instance, the manner in which the highlightened lines on the left hand of Periandros are rendered returns in the fine paint stroke on the right hand in Democritus. The masterful handling of colours is apparent in this luminous painting of Periandros: there is a delicate balance of silvery tinges and shades of red and brown. At present seven signed or monogrammed works by the hand of Johannes Moreelse are known. An additional group of five unsigned works has been assigned to him. Prof. W, Sumowski, J. de Meyere former custodian of the Centraal Museum and W.J. Hoogsteder were among the first to assign the present painting to Johan Moreelse, the son of Paulus Moreelse (1571-1638). Because no dated works by Johannes Moreelse are known, no one has dared to establish a chronology for his oeuvre. Selected reference and description of the painting: J.W. Hoogsteder "At home with the collector", The Hoogsteder Journal, 1999, 6, p. 28-29. Provenance: Auction Het Gooi, Hilversum 24 february 1943, lot 234, assigned to G. Honthorst; Collection W.H. Meijer, Hilversum. Search for: At home with the collector - Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder; to obtain an additional description of this painting, including a picture. Collection Antiquariaat Rare Fish Books, Amsterdam since 1998. Bookseller Inventory # S163411

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2 Volumes. Voyage Autour Du Monde Sur: Lesson, R. P.

Lesson, R. P.

Published by P. Pourrat Frères, Paris, (1839)

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Item Description: P. Pourrat Frères, Paris, 1839. First Edition. Paris, P. Pourrat Frères, 1839. This is the first Paris edition, and the only narrative of Duperrey's voyage around the world. Octavo, two volumes, pp. (3), 510, (2) (&) pp. (2), 547, (2). Engraved vignette on titles, frontispiece portrait of Lesson in vol.1, and 3 folding plates. 43 copper engravings of which 24 black and white with views, ethnographical subjects and coastal profiles. 19 hand-coloured plates with birds and mammals. All edges colourful marbled to match the original marbled boards and pastedowns. Recent half blue calf. The text of Lesson is always somewhat foxed, this copy less so than others we have seen. The hand-colouring is finely done and the plates are virtually free from foxing. Marginal waterstain in vol. 1. A handsome and complete copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100826

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BELL, Thomas

Published by Van Voorst, London (1837)

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Item Description: Van Voorst, London, 1837. First Edition. Octavo (223 x 154 mm), pp.3, 18, 526, 2, with over 200 charming woodcuts in text. Half dark red morocco, marbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, top edge gilt. A beautiful copy with a distinguished provenance: W.Th. Vrolik, Bibliotheca A.A. v. Bemmelen, Ex Legato J.P. v. Wickevoort Crommelin. Bookseller Inventory # 908/908

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BELL, Thomas

Published by Van Voorst, London (1849)

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Item Description: Van Voorst, London, 1849. Second Edition. Octavo (223 x154 mm), pp.3, 24, 159, 4, with over 40 charming woodcuts in the text. Half dark red morocco, marbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, top edge gilt. A beautiful copy with a distinguished provenance: W.Th. Vrolik, Bibliotheca A.A. v. Bemmelen, Ex Legato J.P. v. Wickevoort Crommelin. Bookseller Inventory # 909/909

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Item Description: Groningen, J. Oomkens, 1808 and 1825. Second and first Edition. Crown octavo (218 x 128 mm), 2 parts in separate bindings. Volume 3, Part I, pp. 16, 506 and 1 large folding plate and 3 folding tables. Volume 3, Part II, pp. 10, 482 and 1 large folding coloured plate. The "Animal Kingdom" volume of the original set of 5 volumes. Contemporary binding of half red calf on marbled papercovered boards. Gilt lettering on spines. Occasional slight foxing with light wear to hinges and edges. An attractive and rare copy. Uilkens (1772-1825), minister of the Church at Eenrum and professor in physics and experimental natural science at the University of Groningen, was a prolific writer. His books were written at the request of the Dutch Educational Society. The present work is a catechism consisting of 5 volumes dealing with astrology, physical properties of the earth and atmosphere, natural history of the animal kingdom, the natural history of the plant kingdom and considerations on minerals and history of the earth. The volume on the animal kingdom contains 16 lessons on men, rodents, predators, ruminants, whales, birds, amphibians, fishes and insects. The section on mammals includes a beautiful engraving of fighting elephants in a tropical village. Drawing by G.I. Geusendam and engraved by Barend de Bakker. The fishes are extensively dealt with, covering 220 pages. Twelve species are drawn from nature such as the angler, the sea horse, the pipefish, the sun-fish, the hammer-head, the arctic chimaera and the eagle ray. Drawing by G.I. Geusendam and engraved by C.C. Fuchs. Provenance: Library stamp of the Kloosterbibliotheek Paters Augustijnen, Nijmegen on flyleaves. Engelmann,1864. Bookseller Inventory # F724-739

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LYDEKKER, Richard

Published by Edward Lloyd, London (1896)

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Item Description: Edward Lloyd, London, 1896. First Edition. Crown octavo (188 x 130 mm), pp.1, 7, 339, 1, with 32 coloured plates. Half-leather over original mauve coloured cloth. Gilt filleted spines with gilt lettering. Slight rubbing and fading of spine and boards. Bookseller Inventory # 910/910

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Published by John W. Parker, West Strand, London (1841)

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Item Description: John W. Parker, West Strand, London, 1841. Fourth Edition. Tricesimo-secondo (140 x 96 mm), pp. 160, 8, engraved frontispiece and numerous fish engravings in the text. Contemporary dark green blind pressed cloth, front and back cover with an attractive decoration. Gilt lettering on spine. A binding of S. Curtis. A beautiful copy. The authors follow the taxonomy of Cuvier: Class Pisces; Division I, Fishes with a bony skeleton and Division II, Fishes with a cartilaginous skeleton. Eight Orders are distinguished. " We have confined ourselves to a description of those fish which are best known, and whose general utility to mankind has rendered them also most interesting". The book was probably first published in 1835, under the direction of the committee of general literature and education, appointed by the society for promoting Christian Knowledge. Not in Dean 1916. Bookseller Inventory # F184111

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FIGUIER, Louis

Published by Chez Hachette, Paris (1876)

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Item Description: Chez Hachette, Paris, 1876. A. Mesnel, A. De Neuville and E. Riou (illustrator). Third Edition. Octavo (239 x 165) pp.7, 478, 3 with 222 engravings. Half calf with cloth boards slightly rubbed. Beautiful large gilt emblem to upper board, four gilt filleted raised bands and gilt compartements. Gilt lettered title label in second compartement. CH. MAGNIER. REL. in gilt at spine heel. All edges gilt, marbled pastedowns front and end papers. Bookseller Inventory # 905/905

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