Auction 129, Lot 887

"Recueil des Principaux Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranee, Estraits, de ma Carte en Douze Feuilles", Roux, Joseph

Subject: Atlases - Mediterranean

Period: 1779 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9 x 6.3 inches
22.9 x 16 cm

This complete atlas is filled with strongly engraved copper plate plans of ports and harbors around the Mediterranean. Following the title page are 121 full page sheets of plans including Barcelona, Gibraltar, Malaga, Alacante, Cette, Marseille, Ferraro, Naples, Sicily, Tripoli, Moulins, Alexandria, Malte, Venice, Trieste, Corfou, Athens, the Dardenelle Straits, and many more. These fabulous plans detail the various towns and cities in their fortifications, with surrounding harbors and bays. Locates chateaus and other physical features. This expanded edition adds additional engravings from Roux's first edition of 1764. The spectacular title page features putti, globe, trident, dolphin, compass, and canon with shot. Dedicated to the minister of the navy Duc de Choiseul. In original black boards and leather spine with gilt title, bands and embossed design elements. The last page is a beautifully lettered contents page in manuscript, ordered alphabetically by name. A wonderful atlas of plans, complete in every regard.


Condition: A

The maps are generally very good or fine, each with dark, early impressions. The first 16 maps have a little damp stain at upper right corner. Title page is soiled with some short edge tears. On verso of the last map (Pl. 121) is an ink manuscript notation.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/23/2009