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Auction 116, Lot 538

"Carte de la Rade et des Environs de Brest", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: France

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Les Forces de l'Europe…

Color: Hand Color

11.2 x 7.8 inches
28.4 x 19.8 cm
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Fine map of the coast of Brittany with the Rade de Brest (Brest Roads), a large bay whose only entrance is a narrow channel. Brest was fortified by Vauban, the foremost military engineer of his age between 1680 and 1688 and provided France with a major naval base on the Atlantic front. The map is decorated with a large title cartouche fashioned from the sail of a ship. Engraved by Herman van Loon and published by Nicolas de Fer, Geographer at Louis XIV's court.

References: Pollak #21, pp.40-43.

Condition: A

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/20/2006