Lot 222: DÉPÔT GÉNÉRAL DE LA MARINE. Neptune des Côtes Septentrionales D''Europe.
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: DÉPÔT GÉNÉRAL DE LA MARINE. Neptune des Côtes Septentrionales D''Europe. 38 mostly double-page engraved mapsheets, several with period hand-coloring. Elephant folio, period 1/2 French morocco over crimson paper boards, covers detached, partially disbound, spine mostly absent; general age toning and intermittent foxing. Paris, circa 1823
Notes: Single volume of L''Hydrographie Française, the monumental corpus of the most accurate marine charts traversing the world compiled by the French Dépôt Général de la Marine from the mid-eighteenth through early-nineteenth centuries. The maps in this volume focus on the shores of Northern Europe, supplying extremely detailed coastal maps of Iceland, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bohemia, Gulf of Finland. The mouths of several Germanic Rivers are treated with their own maps: the Weser, Emse and Elbe.