5 April 2016
JANSSONIUS, Joannes (1588-1664). Le Flambeau de la Navigation monstrant la description & delineation de toutes les Costes & Havres de la Mer Occidentale, Septentrionale & Orientale. Amsterdam: Janssonius, 1620.
3 parts in one volume, oblong 4° (262 x 282 mm). Half-title, engraved title with printed overslip pasted on, engraved frontispiece, 2 printed titles with woodcut vignettes, 42 engraved charts (40 folding, 2 full-page) numerous diagrams (two with moveable volvelles) and coastal profiles in text (some light browning and staining, parts of second volvelle possibly supplied, some charts with minor repairs on verso, c3 with tiny rust hole and paper flaw, k1 with tiny rust hole affecting a few letters, chart number 41 with tiny wormhole). 17th-century limp vellum (some minor staining). Provenance: Potey Libraire (bookseller’s label); Pierre Beres (bookseller’s label).
FIRST FRENCH EDITION of Blaeu’s extremely rare pilot book Het licht der zee-vaert published by his competitor Jansson, the charts faithfully copied by Petrus Kaerius, 14 of which are composed of two sheets joined together. The three parts consist of Introduction, an instruction in the art of navigation, the first Book dealing with the Western navigation and the second Book dealing with the Eastern and Northern navigation. The fine engraved frontispiece depicts a lesson in hydrography and the left-hand figure on the engraved title is reputed to be a portrait of William Blaeu. The original Dutch version, Het licht der zee-vaert, was published by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in 1608. Blaeu published a French translation in 1619. For the present edition, Jansson reproduced Blaeu's text on his own press and had the plates reingraved with some minor alterations. Koeman IV M.Bl 23J.
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