A magnificent example of Renard's sea atlas
- Atlas van Zeevaert en Koophandel door de Geheele Weereldt.
- RENARD, Louis
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Folio (540 by 340mm), engraved frontispiece, title in red and black, with engraved coat-of-arms heightened in gold, 30 engraved maps and charts (of which 28 are double-page and two folding), all in fine original outline hand colour, original Dutch red morocco, roll-tool borders gilt on sides, tools of armillary spheres and coronets at corners, large tool of Atlas carrying an armillary sphere to the centre, spine in nine compartments separated by raised bands, with armillary sphere devices, gilt.
The majority of the charts that form this atlas were first published in Frederick de Wit's 'Orbis Maritimus' of 1675. After de Wit's death in 1710, the plates were acquired by Louis Renard, who substantially revised many of the charts and published them, in 1715, in his 'Atlas de la Navigation' (the present work). Although Koeman questions the merits of publishing old, albeit reworked, plates with the market so well catered for by the likes of van Keulen, the atlas proved popular, and subsequent editions were published by Renard in 1739, by the brothers Reiner and Josua Ottens in 1745, and as late as 1802 by G. Hulst van Keulen. With each new edition the plates were reworked, which would suggest that the work was used aboard ship and not only for consultation on shore. Renard extensively reworked the majority of the plates, redrawing the coastlines and adding new place names. He also fixed a new strip to the folding chart of Europe to include Greenland.
Provenance: Bookplate of A.E. Foote (1846-1895), a minerologist and scientific book dealer, who set up shop in Philadelphia in 1875.
Koeman Ren 3; Shirley, British Library, M.REN-1c.