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Le Neptune Francois, ou atlas nouveau des cartes marines. Levees et gravees par order expres du Roy, pour l'usage de ses armees de Mer

MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711)].

Published by Paris: H. Jaillot, 1693 [but Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, 1693]., 1693
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Two parts in one volume. Large folio (25 x 19 6/8 inches). Part I: letterpress title-page printed in red and black with fine engraved vignette with original hand-colour in full, ELABORATE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE engraved allegorical title-page by Jan van Vianen, after the original by P. La Pautre after J. Berrin with original hand-colour in full and HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, full-page engraved plate of comparative nautical scales in Dutch, French and English, 3 FINE engraved plates of ships with original hand-colour in full and HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, 29 double-page engraved charts, all with original hand-colour in full (many plates with archival tissue on verso to strengthen areas of oxidation; Part II: "Cartes Marines a l'usage des armees du Roy de la Grande Britagne, letterpress title-page printed in red and black with fine engraved vignette with original hand-colour in full, ELABORATE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE engraved allegorical title-page by Romein de Hooghe, 9 elaborately engraved and etched charts, mostly double-page of the French and English coasts and including a large folding chart of the Mediterranean all by Romein de Hooghe, incorporating finely-detailed insets showing ports and harbours, all with original hand-colour in full, and with the compass roses and towns HEIGTHENED IN GOLD. FINE contemporary Dutch gilt paneled mottled calf, each cover decorated with two panels of flower and acorn roll tools, fine gilt globe tools at each corner and a central gilt stamp of Atlas carrying the world within an arabesque border, the spine decorated in seven compartments with 8 raised bands, black morocco lettering-piece in one, the others decorated with gilt globe tools. Provenance: with the near contemporary ownership inscription of J. Jackson on the front free endpaper; the engraved portrait bookplate of James Gibbs (1682-1754), English architect "the architect most in vogue" (Horace Walpole), on the front paste-down; Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), Library of Important Atlases and Geographies, his sale Sothebys' 10th October 2006, lot 317 THE FIRST ISSUE of this pirated Amsterdam edition, published at the end of June 1693, with French, Dutch and English text. A MAGNIFICENT COPY, the plates beautifully coloured in a contemporary hand, highlighted in gilt, and in an exceptionally fine contemporary Dutch binding. Published by Pieter Mortier, a Frenchman who settled in Amsterdam, where he established himself as one of the leading map-publishers of his day. The charts were exactly re-engraved after the originals by H. van Loon and C. Berey. During the first ten years of its life the work was supplemented, as here, by Mortier's "Atlas maritime ", with charts engraved by Romein de Hooghe in 1693, and then by the "Suite du Neptune François" of 1700. Apart from the present volume which was reissued in 1700 and 1703, none of the atlases were republished and none of these editions after the first had the Paris imprint. Truusje Goedings, renowned expert in Dutch colourists of the 17th-century, writes of this copy: "This tall edition contains two atlases both published by Mortier: a so-called contre-facon atlas copied after Jaillot's Marine Atlas, and an original edition, the very decorative, 9-charts Sea Atlas made and engraved by Romeyn de Hooghe. They were also sold separately but are most often found bound together, like this copy. To this double-volume Mortier added six years later, in 1700, another volume or Suite that contained charts after Portuguese originals. These editions are often found coloured in a very consistent style, which indicates a publisher's colouring. The fine, elaborate first title-engraving has been treated fully and detailed and has often at least a few tiny details heightened with gold. The maps have a full or half-full colouring of the land-regions in flat but expressive bright hues of transpararnt rosa, yellow, and green, with addition of some pale orange and greyish blue, all applied eve. Bookseller Inventory # 11.5-1-4

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Title: Le Neptune Francois, ou atlas nouveau des ...

Publisher: Paris: H. Jaillot, 1693 [but Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, 1693].

Publication Date: 1693

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