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Les Forces de l'Europe, ou description des principales villes aves leurs fortifications ... pour l'usage de Monseigneur le Duc de Bourgogne
Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1693-1696. 8 parts in 1, oblong folio. (11 x 15 inches). Title pages to each part printed in red and black, allegorical frontispiece engraved by Schoonebeck (bound following the part 2 title), engraved dedication to Bourgogne (bound following the part 1 title), letterpress table of plans for parts 1-5 (with contemporary manuscript listing of parts 6-8 on verso), 9 preliminary engraved plates (7 with corresponding letterpress or engraved text leaves), 175 engraved plans and views (1 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in blind (worn). A noted French military atlas. Although predominantly maps, plans and views of fortifications of European cities in France, Germany, and the Netherlands, the atlas also includes a number of other regions, including Malta, Constantinople, Tripoli and elsewhere. Among the most interesting of these is the plan of Quebec (Kershaw 279), bound as the map 23 in part 5. "In August 1690, Sir William Phips left Boston to attack and capture Quebec. Previous military success at Port Royal had given the English an excess of confidence, which Phips fully exploited in planning his expedition against Quebec, but which quickly evaporated when the under-equipped force discovered the extent of the defenses at Quebec. The operation was disastrous, and the English struggled back to Boston losing a number of ships on the way. The battle lines of the English fleet and the details of the French defenses were recorded by Villeneuve in manuscript form, which were subsequently the source of a sequence of printed maps [including the present]" (Kershaw). See Pastoureau for a complete list of plates in this atlas. Phillips, A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, 517a; Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, T.Fer-1c; Pastoureau, Les Atlas Francais XVle-XVlle Siecles, Fer IX A.
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