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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
License by Christian VII, King of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Schleswig, Holstein …, in regard of the pay contracts set up with the crew for voyages to East and West India or other long voyages, as also of the obligation of the skippers or shipowners in respect of the sailors to be brought back, for the Duchies Schleswig and Holstein, the Principality Pinneberg, County Rantzau and City of Altona. Given Christiansburg March 12, 1783. In German. Copenhagen, P. M. Höpffner, (1783). Sm. 4to. 4 unpag. ll. With royal armorial woodcut vignette on the title, woodcut initial and L(oco) S(igilli) mark together with small elephant pendant (from the Order of the Elephant as the highest Danish order) as well as printed royal signature and those of Schack and Rathlou and the clerks Carstens, Schütz, and Krück.
Further for every sailor who does not return from such voyages for other reason than for death or desertion – as far as “there was no real cause given for desertion” – the shipowners and skippers resp. have to pay a penalty.
On the full, on all sides untrimmed, twice folded sheet of laid paper. – Paraph and date of the same day on the title upper left. – Upper left and lower right corner each somewhat browned by age, on the left quite faint tidemark practically perceptible on the white final leaf and beside the Loco Sigilli mark only. Otherwise of fine freshness.
Offer no. 28,839 / EUR 148. (c. US$ 164.) + shipping