953. [Atlas - Italy]

After Joannes BLAEU. After Pieter MORTIER

Nouveau théâtre d'Italie, ou description exacte de ses villes, palais, églises, principaux édifices &c.

The Hague, R.Chr. Alberts, 1724

4 parts in 3 vol., large folio: engr. title-letterpress title-[56] pp.; 79 maps, engr. title-letterpress title-[4]-xxxviii-[4]-1042]-14 pp.; 75 maps, engr. title-letterpress title-lxii-[2]-12 pp., 40 maps, engr. title-letterpress title-[4]-xl-[2]-14-[2] pp.; 87 maps, all pl. mounted on guards (vol. 1: large brown stripe on map of Venice, heavy cracks in the pl. 55 Cataro and 66 Trajan, pl. 57 e.v.: sl. toned; vol. 2: fol. *1r-*2v bound after K while bifolium X is bound before (2)A, condition of maps: Rome foldings and tears in lower part; vol. 3: sm. hole on page number 7; maps 85 bound before 81-83, 86-87, 84, several plates sl. cracked).

Uniformly bound in full red straight-grain morocco, richly tooled in gilt on the covers and spine, with 8 raised bands (sl. traces of use, but very nice copies).

A very neat copy of Rutgert Alberts' French edition of the new town atlases of Italy by P. Mortier (Amsterdam: 1704/5). Mortier's work was in turn a re-issue of Blaeu's town atlases with corrections and retouchings of Blaeu's maps. Similarly, Alberts made changes and inserted his imprint on many maps. Although several plates were damaged or showed repairs (e.g. Cataro and Trajan in vol. 1), this is a very neat copy with 241 engr., including large panoramic views of Genoa, Venice, and Naples, with many other detailed plates depicting charming Italian towns. Volume I covers Lombardy; volume II the Papal States; volume III Naples and Sicily in the 1st part and Ancient and Modern Rome in the 2nd.
Ref. Koeman I, Bl 88-102. - Phillips 8945. - Van der Krogt 43:23.
Prov. Le Vaillant de Jollain (ex libris and handwritten).

€ 20.000 / 25.000

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