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Author Name    Aubin, Nicolas (attributed)

Title   [La Connoissance des Pavillons ou Bannieres, que la plûpart des nations arborent en mer.] with 90 Hand-Colored Plates

Binding   Full-Leather

Book Condition   Good with no dust jacket

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   Amsterdam Jacques van den Kieboom 1737

Seller ID   7344

A quarto measuring 9” x 7”. Binding is very pleasing, an extremely handsome rebinding using renewed old materials. Old contemporary calf boards that have signs of wear with lovely patina were sensitively and expertly rebacked with a spine with 5 raised bands, gilt in the compartments, all beautifully done by this master binder. There are 28 pages of text and 90 engraved plates, all present as called for. The title page is a facsimile printed on old paper, and endpapers are renewed, otherwise all original. Condition is good. A2 repaired at top corners, plate 31 has a clean tear in the fore-edge margin that touches the flag, plates 88 and 89 are out of sequence. Minor foxing otherwise clean. The first 24 plates have the flags identified under each plate in an old French hand (you can see it on the photo of plate 3, above). The book block is solid, hinges firm, spine beautiful and gilt bright. The book is quite beautiful. The engravings are finely done, and each flag is beautifully hand-colored in rich reds, blues, greens and yellows. In general, each full page plate has two flags, but some have one spectacular large flag, and a few have 3 flags per page. The flags are shown bravely waving on staffs. It includes many of the small nation states and principalities of the time, including Genoa, the Isle of Corsica (dependent on Genoa), Tuscany, Dunkerque (ville de la Flandre Francoise), Sleeswik-Holstein, Livonia, Pomerania, as well as Tripoli, Tunis, the Mogol Empire, Nanking, the Emperor of China, the Emperor of the Tartars, Barbary, and many, many, more, both large and small. this book is exceedingly rare - -with only two copies listed at auction for sale in the past 50 years. Worldcat (OCLC) lists only 20 copies held worldwide, virtually all at national libraries such as the Library of Congress, the National Maritime Museum (UK) and the Bibliotheque Nationale de FranceThe book is quite beautiful. The engravings are finely done, and each flag is beautifully hand-colored in rich reds, blues, greens and yellows. In general, each full page plate has two flags, but some have one spectacular large flag, and a few have 3 flags per page. The flags are shown bravely waving on staffs. It includes many of the small nation states and principalities of the time, including Genoa, the Isle of Corsica (dependent on Genoa), Tuscany, Dunkerque (ville de la Flandre Francoise), Sleeswik-Holstein, Livonia, Pomerania, as well as Tripoli, Tunis, the Mogol Empire, Nanking, the Emperor of China, the Emperor of the Tartars, Barbary, and many, many, more, both large and small. The book is a quarto measuring 9” x 7”. Binding is very pleasing, an extremely handsome rebinding using renewed old materials. Old contemporary calf boards that have signs of wear with lovely patina were sensitively and expertly rebacked by the important Felton bookbinding house with a spine with 5 raised bands, gilt in the compartments, all beautifully done by this master binder. There are 28 pages of text and 90 engraved plates, all present as called for. The title page is a facsimile printed on old paper, and endpapers are renewed, otherwise all original. Condition is good. A2 repaired at top corners, plate 31 has a clean tear in the fore-edge margin that touches the flag, plates 88 and 89 are out of sequence. Minor foxing otherwise clean. The first 24 plates have the flags identified under each plate in an old French hand (you can see it on the photo of plate 3, above). The book block is solid, hinges firm, spine beautiful and gilt bright. This is a beautiful book, handsomely bound, of a very scarce title. Very scarce, very beautiful, very desirable. ”A fine and rare work” declared Sotheby's some years back at one of only two auctions of this book over the last fifty years -- illustrating and describing 214 flags used in shipping in the 1700s. The flags are of virtually all the various maritime nations, as well as numerous mercantile companies of the period, including those of the Turks and Mongols. The book is sometimes attributed to Nicolas Aubin (the copy at the Bayerische Staatsbiliothek in Munich is so described) but otherwise no author is mentioned. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall

Price = 3499.00 USD


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