Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Mortier: Gulf of Gascony

Mortier: Gulf of Gascony
Pierre Mortier.
Carte du Golfe de Gascogne contentant les costs de France et d'Espagne depuis l'Isle d'Ouessant jusqu'au Cap de Finisterre. Levee et Gravee Par Ordre du Roy. A. Paris. 1693.
[Amsterdam, Pierre Mortier, 1693.]
Engraving with original hand colour.  Two sheets conjoined, total 725 x 920mm. The lower margin has been cut and rejoined for no apparent reason. Some repaired marginal tears. Two small areas of paper loss in the upper and left margin outside the platemark.
A large chart of the Bay of Biscay, with the western coasts of France and northern coast of Spain. It was published in an Amsterdam edition of Hubert Jaillot's 'Neptune Francois', which Mortier pirated with the collusion of Jaillot (who had fallen out with his original partners). This Dutch edition was the largest, most sumptuous and expensive sea-atlas produced in the 17th century.
A strong impression and in good condition considering its size.

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