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GOOS, P. / ROBIJN, J. / LOOTS, J. - Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer..

GOOS, P. / ROBIJN, J. / LOOTS, J. - Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer..
Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer.. - GOOS, P. / ROBIJN, J. / LOOTS, J.
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Title : Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer...
Map maker : GOOS, P. / ROBIJN, J. / LOOTS, J..
Date : Amsterdam, J. Robijn, 1684.
Size : 17.3 x 11.4 inches. / 44.0 x 29.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :RARE EDITION of a French text edition of this fine Dutch Sea atlas of the West European waters with mostly plates originally engraved by Pieter Goos, who passed into the hands of J.Robijn. The atlas contains charts with updated addresses, dates and some newly engraved plates for Jacob Robijn. Engraved title-page, 32 double-page charts, 2 engraved text-charts of St.MALO and D'OLLONNE, numerous woodcuts of astronomical diagrams, compass, geometrical instruments and coastal lines, as well 1 volvelle in the text. With an Almanac from 1683-1691.
Chart of "Gallissien" bound up side down. Several charts cropped in the plate, internally paper very slightly browned as usual. Generally very good.

Pieter Goos' sea-atlas reflects a high professional standard The De Nieuwe Groote Zee-Spiegel follows the prototype of pilot guides, opening with an introduction into navigation, followed charts of the coasts west and south from the Netherlands. A chapter with sailing directions is devoted to each section of coastline. It is accompanied by double page charts and woodcut coastal profiles are interspersed throughout the text. (Koeman IV, p. 192).

In or shortly after 1680, Robijn obtained the plates and the rights of Pieter Goos's Zee-Spiegel. He reissued both the Dutch and English edition and obtained a privilegio in 1686. In 1970 prof. Koeman wrote: Although Robijn states in his preface that this work was printed by him in three languages: Dutch, English, and French, apart from part V, no copy of a French edition is know to exist."
Our example has a privilege dated 29 May 1680. The title page of our example is dated 1684. However the chart of the "Zuyder-Zee" is bearing the date 1686 and "De Texel Stroom", is bearing a date of 1687. This atlas must have been published in or after 1686/7 as the volvelle op page 11 in " Instruction en l'art de Navigation," has been composed from a cut-out from a sheet of paper with English text on the verso. A English text version was printed in 1686.

The text is a translation by Paul Yvounet and is similar to another unrecorded 1676 edition currently in stock. The wood blocks are same, now with an updated Almanac (here for the years 1683-1691) and only one volvelle is included. This example has a Privilege, and there are many differences in the included charts.

A large number of charts was printed from copper plates engraved by Pieter Goos, however most of them have re-worked coast lines, soundings, and the engraving refreshed resulting in more darker impressions compared to the 1676 edition. The chart of the "Zuyder-Zee" bearing the date 1686. "De Texel Stroom", bearing a date of 1687. "Rivier van Bordeaux" is a newly engraved plate with signature of J.Robijn.
"De Custen van Schotland met de Eylanden van Orcanese..", "Eylanden van Hitlant. . ." with signature of Jacob Theunisz op 't water inde Lootsman. "de Cust van Engeland tusschen Welles en 't Eyland Cogge. . ." with signature of Jacobus en Casparus Lootsman op 't water inde Lootsman.

Contents : engraved title, privilege, Instruction en l'art de Navigation, Almanach (1-32) Le premier Livre (pp. 1-34); Le deuxiesme Livre (pp.35-76). Le troiziéme Livre (pp.77-114). Le quatriéme Livre (pp.115-224).

The composition of the French edition is entirely different from the Dutch and English editions. It contains the Western Navigation with charts and descriptions of Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Coast of Morocco with Canary Islands, and 2 charts on a text sheet.
The translation into French is by Paul Yvounet.
Very decorative engraved frontispiece with printed title. In lower part three large vessels in the foreground and two smaller ones in the distance.
The old Pieter Goos title page has been used but the inner text panel for the title has been covered before printing and the following title is now printed from a different copper plate on this place. "GRAND & NOUVEAU MIROIR OU FLAMBEAU DE LA MER contenant la description de toutes les costes marines occidentales & septentrionales... recueilly & recherché de divers expérimentez pilotes & amateurs de la navigation. Traduict de Flaman en François par Paul Yvounet. Amsterdam, “ de linprecion de Pierre Goos & se vant par Jacques Robin. A Amsterdam En la rue du pontneuf à lenseigne du pillote & ala rochelle CHEUX PIERRE YVOUNET. Avec Privilege A l'an 1684."

Apparently the atlas was also for sale in the bookshop of the La Rochelle based booksellers Pierre and Paul Yvounet.

Provenance: Baron Quinette de Rochemont, (1838-1908) with his book plate.
Appointed engineer in 1862 and Deputy General Secretariat of the Council of Civil Engineering. He was in charge of the port of Le Havre work, a position he held until 1879. In 1870, he distinguished himself as captain of Engineering of the National Guard and improvised lines of defense. Appointed chief engineer in 1879, he went to reside in Valenciennes where he conducts studies on the connecting channel of the Scheldt to the Meuse. From 1892 to his death, he was in charge of the department of Marine Works of the School of Civil Engineering, He published “Cours de travaux maritimes professé à l'École nationale des ponts et chaussées. (Paris, C. Béranger, 1900). He was also a founder of the “l’Association Internationale des Congrès de Navigation


Condition : Folio. 3 parts in 1 volume. Contemp. brown calf, gilt spine, ribbed, title on gilt red morocco label. Binding used and spine separating, internally very slightly browned paper, as usual. Very good and dark impressions.

ID: 36647

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