5 April 2016
[JEFFERYS, Thomas (d. 1771). A description of the maritime parts of France, containing a particular account of all the fortified towns, forts, harbours, bays and rivers ... Illustrated with charts of the sea-coast, and plans of all the fortified places on it, etc. London: Thomas Jefferys, 1774.]
Atlas volume only, oblong 4° (225 x 343 mm). 84 engraved maps (of 85, without “A chart of the coast and rivers of France”), many colored by a contemporary hand (a few short tears, some light marginal darkening or staining.) (Lacks title.) Modern calf, red morocco title labels on upper cover and spine (joints repaired).
Thomas Jefferys was geographer to the Prince of Wales, later King George III, and the leading map supplier of his day. He is best known for his American Atlas, first published in 1776, the most important 18th-century atlas for America. It is here without the text volume, but has the two additional plans of fortification. Phillips 4021; Tooley, p. 62.
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