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Gerard Van Spaendonck

A native of Flanders, Gerard van Spaendonck studied under the decorative painter Guillaume-Jacques Herreyns in Antwerp in the 1760s. In 1769, he left for Paris and, having been appointed miniature painter to the newly crowned Louis XVI in 1774, he became a candidate for membership of the Académie Royale the following year, making his Salon début in 1777.

A rare and impressive pictorial Qing Empire map of the western part of Taiwan.

The late 19th century was a period of imperialist expansion throughout Asia. The Qing court realized it had to start defining its boundaries in order to protect its territory. But when the Chinese and the British sat down to negotiate the border, there were problems.

Indie moet vrij vecht ervoor.

KEELEY, P. - Indie moet vrij vecht ervoor. London, J.Haworth & Brother Ltd, 1944. War propaganda poster by Patrick (Pat) Cokayne Keely, who died in 1970, was a British graphic artist known for his Second World War posters for the Ministry of Information along with stylized commercial posters for publishers, the GPO and public transport.

COLOM, J. A. - La Flamboyante Colomne des Pays-Bas

COLOM, J. A. - La Flamboyante Colomne des Pays-Bas. Autrement dict les XVII Provinces. Chez Jacob Colom. Published in: Amsterdam, 1636 In 4to oblong. Rare atlas of the Low Countries, by Jacob Colom, in an early – first- French edition. The atlas includes 42 maps of the Low Countries and three genealogical plates. The plates on genealogy show over 100 portraits of the nobility of Holland and Flanders.

Guicciardini - Early description of the Low Countries.

GUICCIARDINI, L. - Descrittione di M. Lodovico Guicciardini patritio Fiorentino, di tutti i Paesi Bassi,… (Antwerp, Plantin, 1581) The book block 23.0 x 31.0 cm. / 9.1 x 12.2 inches. Uncoloured.  Folio. In contemp. vellum binding, red mottled edges.  A very fine copy.

Gerard Valk's first atlas.

VALK, G. - Nova totius geographica telluris projectio. . . (Amsterdam, ca. 1711) Size of bookblock : 54.0 x 33.0 cm. / 21.3 x 13.0 inches. The maps are in attractive strong original colours. Folio, in contemp. red half-sheepskin binding. Atlas is composed of an allegorical title and 24 double-page maps in fine original coloring.

BÜNTING, H. - Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae.

BÜNTING, H. - Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae. Das ist: Ein Reisebuch, Uber die gantze heilige Schrifft, in zwey Bücher geteilet... Zuvor gemehret mit einem Büchlein De monetis et mensuris... Insonderheit aber mit einer feinen nützlichen Erklerung des Buches Josua... (Magdenburg, 1587).

CHATELAIN, H. - Méthode Pour Etudier La Geographie...

CHATELAIN, H. - Méthode Pour Etudier La Geographie . . . & un Catalogue des Cartes Geographiques, des Relations, Voyages, & Descriptions les plus necessaires pour la Geographie. Amsterdam: Chez Zacharie Châtelain, 1732 - 1739. 7 volumes. Contemporary full mottled Dutch calf. Spine with seven raised bands, compartments rich gilt with floral patterns, and; boards with large gilt, embossed vignette showing Atlas carrying a sphere surrounded by a Louis XIV floral pattern, and two intricate gilt borders; one with spheres at each corner; gilt dentelles.

Oranda Fune no zu [= Depiction of a Dutch Ship].  Japan, Kansei 4,

Oranda Fune no zu [= Depiction of a Dutch Ship].  Japan, Kansei 4, 2nd month, 9th day, 30 March? 1792. Size: 32.3 x 44.5 inches./ 82 x 113 cm. A very large and extremely detailed Japanese drawing on rice paper of a Dutch ship at the artificial island Deshima, the VOC's outpost in Nagasaki harbor. In the drawing, the ship itself measures about 63 cm from figurehead to stern, giving a scale of about 1:47.
The Japanese texts do not identify the ship but note that it was at Deshima on Meiwa 3, 10th month, 18th day, which is in October or November 1766, probably 21 October.

Military manuscript map of the end of Yangzi River across Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang areas.

Military manuscript map of the end of Yangzi River across Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang areas, with 3 red seals of the "Ever-Victorious Army".

China, ca 1862. 1019 x 1600mm. Manuscript map in brown, red, and green ink and wash color. More than a thousand houses with a red flag are named in Chinese, military camps, mountains, forests, and battlefields are drawn in. Many cities and village names are translated in pinyin and written either in brown ink or lead pencil. In the lower-left corner an inset map of the area covering Songjiang District with Shanghai (265x355mm.).