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[Title-Page] L'Atlas Curieux Ou Le Monde Dresse Et Dedie...
N.De Fer - Paris - - 34 x 22 - Coloured - Nicolas De Fer flourished in the family publishing business and in 1690 he was nominated as geographer to the Dauphin - their relationship had reciprocal benefits with De Fer producing, in effect, royal propaganda concerning the Dauphin's lands with each publication enhancing his own name and reputation, as well as that of the Dauphin. De Fer published a number of atlases including the "Cotes De France" of 1690 (containing Tassin's maps) and the "Forces De L'Europe Ou Introduction A La Fortification", also of 1690, that were very well-received. The "Atlas Curieux" that followed was also very popular and was expanded in successive editions between 1700 and 1705 before being re-edited in 1714 and 1716 under the title "Suite De L'Atlas Curieux". The titlepage to the "Atlas Curieux" shows a bustling quayside scene with trade, commerce and French war ships all confirming France's wealth and power on the world stage. The name of the engraver, N.Guerard, has also been worked into the engraving. The title banner at the top of the page includes the arms of the Dauphin and is flanked by images of the Angel of Fame to the left and Atlas to the right along with costumed figures from around the world. - cf. Shirley, Courtiers And Cannibals, 68.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan Potter Limited]
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