1061. [Atlas - Europe - Navigation]
Folio: engr. title, , 224 pp. (i.e. 124, erroneous pagination 217-224 instead of 117-124), 33 coloured maps on double-page (maps expertly underlaid with thin Japan paper, partly trimmed to platemark or neatline, 2 maps trimmed into illustration, some very small marginal tears without loss, ca. 15 maps with additional rhumb lines in red pencil, paper partly and slightly toned).
Contemp. pigskin, gilt decorated boards, gilt orn. spine with raised bands and red label, 2 green ties (joints partly restored, slightly soiled, flylvs renewed). Modern blue cloth slipcase with gilt title.
Very rare 3rd French edition (unknown to Koeman and Phillips!) of this fine maritime atlas. Complete copy opening on a richly illustrated engraved frontispiece (the same as in the earlier Dutch editions from 1650 onwards) with the title printed on a pasted slip, and containing 33 hand-coloured engraved sea charts on double-pages.
As in the 1st French edition of 1662, ours consists of an introduction on navigation illustrated with 35 woodcut diagrams and 2 volvelles with movable parts, and 4 chapters with numerous woodcut coastal profiles and 3 dito plans in the text next to 33 large copper-engraved naval charts figuring the coasts of Europe (with a part of Africa and Greenland), Holland, Flanders, England, Ireland, France, Galicia, Portugal, Gibraltar, Barbaria, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cabo Verde. All the maps (2 dated 1666) with irregular numbering but corresponding to the index.
Pieter Goos (1616-1675) copied his "Lichtende Columne ofte Zee-Spiegel" after Theunis Jacobsz' atlas of 1644. Each edition with French text is only known by 1 copy: Koeman lists those of 1662 and 1671 with 33 maps, 1667 with 60 maps and 1672 with 59 maps.
Ref. Not in Koeman, Phillips, Shirley (British Library), STCN.
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