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Nicolas de Fer (1646 - 1720) Les forces de l' Europe, ou description des...

Nicolas de Fer (1646 - 1720)
Les forces de l' Europe, ou description des principales villes; avec leurs fortifications. Dessignées par les meilleurs Ingenieurs, (...) don't les Plans ont esté levez par Monsieur de Vauban, Lieutenant General, & premier Ingenieur des Armées de Sa Majesté (..).
A Paris, chez l'auteur (Nicolas de Fer) - (falso luogo di stampa) 1695-1696 (stampato ad Amsterdam da Pieter Mortier, 1695-ca. 1702)
Con / With:
Les Costes de France, sur l'Ovcean & sur la Mer Mediterranée &c. Avec leurs Fortifications. Levées et gravées par ordre expres du Roy. Pour l'usage de ses Armées de mer. (...). A Paris, chez l'auteur (Nicolas de Fer) 1695 (Legato insieme alla 9° e 10a parte de "Les forces de l' Europe". Stesso autore e luogo di stampa ma 1696.

2 volumi in folio oblungo (mm 392x300). Legatura in piena pelle coeva con piatti staccati. Riccamente illustrato da splendide tavole in rame alcune ripiegate.
1° volume. Parte 1 - pag. 1 tavola, (4), 21 tavv; parte 2 - pag. 1 tav, (2), 24 tavv; parte 3 - pag. 1 tav, (2), 24 tavv; parte 4 - pag. 1 tav, (2), 19 tavv; parte 5 - pag. (2), 1 tav, 23 tavv; parte 6 - pag. (2), 24 tavv; parte 7 - pag. (2), 25 tavv; parte 8 - pag. (2), 26 tavv. Per un totale di 186 tavole in rame + 5 tavole in rame in aperture delle prime 5 parti.

2° volume. Tomo I pag. (2), 19 tavv; Tomo II pag. (2), 20 tavv. - Parte 9 de "Les forces de l' Europe", pag. (2), 22 tavv; Parte 10 de "Les forces de l' Europe", pag. (2), 20 tavv. Per un totale di 81 tavole in rame.
I due volumi hanno un totale complessivo di 272 splendide tavole in rame di viste e città fortificate.
Les forces de l' Europe (..) A Paris chez l'auteur. (A false imprint), 1695-1696 (printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier, 1695-ca. 1702). 10 parts (misbound - the first 8 parts bound together on the first volume the 8th and 9th parts bound after the "Costes de France" in the second volume).
With: (2) FER, Nicolas de. Costes de France, sur l' ocean & sur la Mer Mediterranée &c. avec leurs fortifications (...) Paris, "Nicolas de Fer" (a false imprint), 1695. (printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier).
With engraved title-page and 40 engraved plates (including 2 folding). 2 works in 12 parts or volumes, bound in 2 volumes. Oblong folio (392Χ300 mm). Contemporary full leather (loose binding), gold-tooled spine (highly worn).

Splendid atlas of fortifications of the cities of Europe (plus Malta and some other Mediterranean sites), combined with a maritime atlas of the French coasts, published by Pieter Mortier (1661-1711). Both are based on the similar publications of Nicolas de Fer (1646-1720) and falsely indicate that they were published by him.
The atlas of fortified cities of Europe. Many of the plans show the work of the greatest 17th-century masters of the art and science of fortification, including Samuel Marolois, Simon Stevin and Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. The last two parts contain primarily smaller maps, printed 4 to the page.
The maritime atlas of the coasts of France. It also shows the fortifications along the coasts, so it complements the fortifications atlas and was clearly designed to match it in format and style. With the caption of one plate cut off and 2 plates and 1 letterpress title-page somewhat browned. Further in good condition. A couple plates are bound in the wrong volume. A splendid fortifications atlas. Cf.: Muller, Historieplaten 3034a; cf. Pastoureau, Les atlas franηais XVIe-XVIIe siècles, Fer VIII B? (p. 203, cf. pp. 201-209,213).