[MORTIER, Pierre], FER, Nicolas de (1646-1720), [Charles Hubert Alexis JAILLOT and Nicolas SANSON d'Abbeville]. Atlas royal a l'usage de Monseigneur le duc de Bourgogne. Paris: Nicolas de Fer [Pierre Mortier/George Gallet], 1698 [-1702].
2° (540 x 350mm). Letterpress title printed in red and black with engraved vignette world map, second title in red and black 'Introudction a la geographie... par Sanson' Amsterdam: Gallet [printed slip pasted over Mortier's imprint], n.d., hand-coloured engraved allegorical frontispiece by R. de Hooghe, 83 double-page maps, most hand-coloured in outline, 28 engraved sheets of fortifications erected by Vauban in 1702, 18 engraved double-page explanatory sheets. (One sheet closed with adhesion, tear at fold in about 7 sheets, short tears in about 3 sheets, some browning, light stain at corners of last several sheets, some vertical creasing, frontispiece on guard and fraying slightly, lacking 3 maps.) Contemporary calf, gilt-stamped arabesque lozenge incorporating a globe on sides (somewhat worn). Provenance: 18th-century MS map index in German at end; Roger Maillet (bookplate).
The Atlas Royale is a counterfeit edition published at Amsterdam by Mortier of Jaillot and Sanson's Paris Atlas Franis; both atlases were first published in 1695. As Pastoreau points out, the false imprint of Nicolas de Fer at Paris is in some sense justified, as some copies, including the present one, contains the plans published by Fer as Forces de l'Europe. The publication history of this work is further complicated by the fact that in the present copy the second title has the imprint of Gallet of Amsterdam pasted over that of Mortier. The maps correspond to Pastoreau with the exception of variants of maps 52-55 (2, not 4 maps are present), substitution of map 83 and without map 88. Pastoreau Fer IIIc (with title dated 1699).