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Nouveau theatre d'Italie, ou description exacte de ses villes, palais, eglises, &c. Tome premier. Contenant la Lombardie, . Le tout mis en ordre.The Hague, Rutgers Christoffel Alberts, 1724. Large folio (41 x 26 cm). Title-page in red and black with an engraved vignette. Unbound.
- KVK & WorldCat (1 copy); not in NCC; STCN; for the atlases: P. v.d. Krogt & Koeman 43.231, 232, 233. Rare prospectus, in French (only one other copy located, at the Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris), for Alberts's 1724 French, Latin and Dutch editions of Joan Blaeu's atlas of Italian cities, towns, and monuments, the atlas first published by Blaeu himself in Latin in 1663 as Theatrum civitatum admiranda Italiae, his greatest project after completion of his famous Atlas maior. Pieter Mortier in Amsterdam published expanded French and Dutch translations in 1704-1705, using and adding to Blaeu's original copper plates. With the present 1724 prospectus Alberts in the Hague invites subscriptions for new editions in all three languages, all appearing later that year. They once again used the Blaeu and Mortier plates. It gives a detailed 3-page account of the atlas and its various forms and prices, including a sample description of the city of Venice. The last printed page directs subscribers to Alberts and more than a hundred other booksellers, all named with their cities, in Holland, the rest of the Low Countries, England, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.The prospectus title-page mimics the planned title-page of the first volume of the French edition (on a reduced scale and with the engraved vignette instead of Alberts's engraved monogram), including the words "tome premier", but the prospectus text notes that it will be published in four volumes containing 275 double-page plates, and that Alberts will be accepting subscriptions from 27 March to 15 May 1724. He planned to print no more than 500 copies, namely 390 copies (130 in each language) on "papier ordinaire forme d'Atlas" for 50 guilders and 110 copies (38 in Latin and 36 in French and Dutch) on "grand papier forme d'Atlas" for 60 guilders. They were to be paid in five instalments, one in advance and the others on receipt of each of the four volumes. With a name on title-page, probably by the publisher to indicate the recipient. In fine condition, complete with the final blank leaf, with all deckles intact and never bound or sewn. It was formerly folded in quarters and has a tiny hole in the final blank leaf, where the folds cross. A rare prospectus for a great atlas, with valuable information about the atlas itself and about the international book trade of the time.
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