564. [Atlas - Belgium]
FERRARIS, Joseph Jean François
Large folio (50,5 x 64 cm): 25 engr., some folding (map of Gueldres detached, some foxing, wormhole pl. 22-24, sm. marg. hole in pl. 25).
Contemp. half mottled calf, paper covers with central coat of arms of de Cartier de Marchienne, gilt spine, red edges (sm. wormholes, paper cover worn). Good and complete copy.
"Carte marchande", the commercial edition on a reduced scale of Ferraris's impressive Cabinet map of the Austrian Netherlands, a large-scaled manuscript map for imperial use only. The presentation of this last map to emperor Joseph II on December 10, 1777, is the subject of pl. 16, drawn by Eisen and engraved by Patas, and here bound as first pl. The atlas comprises: 1. An explicative table (3rd st.). - 2. Bruges (3rd st.: "Fort Isabelle ruiné"). - 3. Antwerp. - 4. Roermond. - 5. Gelderen. - 6. Ypres. - 7. Ghent. - 8. Brussels. - 9. Maastricht. - 10. Julich. - 11. title (2nd st.), by M.A. Stagnon, after C.N. Cochin Fils. - 12. Mons. - 13. Namur. - 14. Liège. - 15. Cronenbourg. - 16. Presentation. - 17. Bavay. - 18. Chimay. - 19. Bastogne. - 20. Bitbourg. - 21. Brussels. - 22. Carte générale (3rd st.). - 23. Sedan. - 24. Arlon. - 25. Luxembourg. All maps have the engraver listed as "gravé par L.A. Dupuis". The map of Brussels, in the 3rd st., with the surroundings of the Place Royale and the Fort Monterey on a blank background and without the statue of Charles-Alexander of Lorraine on the Place Royale. The rich amount of information makes it an excellent source for the topography and history of the country (relief, hydrography, transport, parishes, border issues, vegetation, agriculture, industries etc.). The copperplates of this map fell into French hands in 1794.
Ref. Lemoine-Isabeau, Cl. - Les militaires et la cartographie des Pays-Bas méridionaux (Brussels, 1984), pp. 71, 207 sqq. - BnF.
Prov. Castle of Marchienne (bookpl.).
Joined: Private correspondence concerning the sale between the Viennese librarian, B. Leghait, the Belgian Minister in Vienna, and Émile-Ernest de Cartier de Marchienne (1871-1946), at that moment, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary in the United States of America. (8 ff.: 5 manuscript letters and 3 carbon copies of a typed letter).
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