London, South Kensington
8 October 2014
WILLIAM FADEN (1749-1836)
Le Petit Neptune Français: or, French Coasting Pilot, for the coast of Flanders, Channel, Bay of Biscay, and Mediterranean, to which is added the coast of Italy from the River Var To Orbitello: with the Gulf of Naples and the island of Corsica. London: for W. Faden, 1793. 4° (264 x 207mm.). Engraved frontispiece showing the Tower of Cordouan, 39 engraved charts of the coast of France, all but 2 folding, and 3 folding plates of coastal profiles. (Tear to pl.15 along creasefold without loss, occasional light spotting and offsetting.) Contemporary half calf over marbled-paper covered boards, yellow edges (extremities rubbed, more heavily to head- and tailcaps).
In preparation for a war with revolutionary France, William Faden re-engraved charts that had appeared in Thomas Jeffery's atlas of the same name some thirty years previously. Shirley BL M.FAD-1a.
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