"Carte de la Rade et des Environs de Brest", Fer, Nicolas de
Period: 1705 (circa)
Publication: Les Forces de l'Europe…
Color: Hand Color
11.2 x 7.8 inches
28.4 x 19.8 cm
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.