[RENARD, Lois (1678-1746)]. Atlas de la Navigation, et du Commerce. Amsterdam: Louis Renard, 1715.
2° (530 x 333 mm). Engraved frontispiece with Atlas supporting a globe, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette incorporating arms of George I, engraved portrait of George I by B. Picart, dedication page with engraved headpiece and initial, 28 engraved charts (27 double-page, one folding), ALL HAND-COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, with the cartouches left plain, two folding plates of fortification plans, each on 2 sheets joined, mounted on guards throughout. (Short tears to folds of folding plates, some minor darkening.) Contemporary Dutch vellum gilt, sides paneled with roll-tooled borders, central foliate arabesque, floral ornaments at angles of the panels, spine in 12 compartments, titled in the second, the others with repeated ornament (some light dust soiling, covers slightly bowing, short cracks at spine ends).
FIRST EDITION OF RENARD'S SEA-ATLAS. The charts in this copy are fine, strongly-inked impressions, and were adapted from the plates used by Frederik de Wit to issue his own maritime atlas of ca 1675. A popular sea atlas amongst Dutch mariners, Renard's work was re-issued in 1739, 1745 and in various editions up until 1802. The twin-hemispherical world map, Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula is the second state of de Wit's map (Shirley 444). The planispherical map used for the frontispiece is similar to Jacob Robyn's map, Nieuw Aerdsch Pleyn of 1696. Curiously Renard's version also acts as an index, marked with the numbers of the map sheets and text pages as appropriate. Renard has cleverly combined both index and frontispiece. “This was issued in three ways: uncoloured, the body of the map coloured and the cartouches left plain, and fully coloured. The last examples are very fine” (Tooley). Koeman IV, Ren I; NMM 3, 264; see Phillips Atlases 559; Tooley p. 44.