Receuil de Marines et de Vaisseaux. Paris: F. Chereau, 1754.
2° (626 x 465mm). A COLLECTION OF 143 ENGRAVED MARITIME PLATES, preceded by the above manuscript title. Many plates window-mounted. Among the suites included are: PASSEBON, Henri Sbonski de. Plan de Plusieurs Bâtimens de Mer. [Marseilles: c. 1690]. Engraved frontispiece by Simoneau, and 17 double-page plates (356 x 267mm.) by and after Claude Randon, the last by Barthélemy Chasse -- [Views of English Ships]. London: c. 1750. Suite of 10 plates (318 x 458 and 222 x 354mm) by Paul Fourdrinier, G. Scotin, W.H. Toms, G. Bickham the younger -- DESCAMPS, Jean-Baptiste. [Relation de l'arrivé du Roy au Havre de Grâce]. Paris: 1751-1753. Suite of 6 double-page plates (510 x 650mm.) by J.-P. Le Bas -- GARREAU, P. father and son. [Views of La Rochelle]. Paris: les auteurs, 1749-1750. 3 double-page plates (300 x 850mm) by J.-P. Le Bas -- GUDENUS, baron François-Philippe de. [Views of Constantinople.] Paris: . Suite of 3 panoramic plates (450 x 1850mm) by P.-J. Duret under the direction of J.-P. Le Bas -- LIGHTBODY, James. [Views of Portsmouth, Plymouth and Harwich]. London: Thomas Taylor, [about 1710]. Suite of 3 plates (485 x 600mm) by H. Hulsbergh -- BASTIDE, J.H. and C. LEMPRIERE. [Views of Jersey, Guernesey and Alderney]. Suite of 8 plates, 3 double-page (320 x 680 and 320 x 470mm.) by William Henry Toms -- BURFORD, Thomas and Willem VANDERVELD. [Engagements and storms on the high seas.] Suite of 6 mezzotints (250 x 360 and 240 x 310mm.) by Burford, E. Kirkall and Willson -- RIGAUD, Jacques. [Naval vessels and galleys]. Paris: Duchange et l'auteur, [n.d.]. Two numbered suites, each of six plates (180 x 330 and 190 x 330mm.) by and after Rigaud -- BRUEGEL the elder, Pieter. [Ships of War.] Suite of 6 etched plates (215 x 285mm.) by Frans Huys and H. Cock. Hollstein Dutch and Flemish, III, pp. 262-264, nos. 101, 102, 104, 105, 103, 107 -- HOLLAR, Wenceslas. Navium variae figurae et formae. [1647 or slightly later]. 5 etched plates (of 12, 140 x 230mm) by G. Valk, including title in state v, mounted with a sixth plate by Ottens. Pennington 1261, 1269, 1271, 1270 and 1265. Other engravings in the collection are by or after Nicolas Ozanne (three suites -- 2 of smaller size -- totalling 30 plates, and 2 single plates), Nicolaas Berchem (1), David Tenier (1), Joseph Vernet (2), J. van Becq (2), Ruisdael (1), Adriaan van Drever (2), Jan Brueghel (1), Dominique Barrière (1), Renier Zeeman (2), P. Otten (1), Gallon (1), others being anonymous or unidentified. (Some plates close trimmed, light browning to just a few plates.) Bound in contemporary crimson morocco gilt by Padeloup, with his ticket laid down on title, covers with border of scrolling acanthus and an urn of flowers within a cartouche at corners, spine with olive morocco lettering-piece in one compartment, the other eight compartments with repeated flowers and rosettes framed by acanthus leaves, chains of fleur-de-lis and rosettes at head and foot, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (minor restoration to spine, joints slightly rubbed. old scuff marks to covers).
A UNIQUE ENSEMBLE OF MARITIME PRINTS, formed by Chereau in the mid 18th-century for the Parisian connoisseur market and preserved in a binding of appropriate grandeur by Padeloup. The earliest plates are the remarkable etchings after Bruegel and Hollar. The 6 Bruegel plates are in mixed states as follows: B. 105 and 107 in the first of two states, B. 102 in the only state, B.101 in the second and final state, B. 104 and B. 103 state uncertain as trimmed to the image, while three of the plates have the small Jug with Flower watermark. However, the many grand plates dating from the later 17th century form the main body of the collection, often uniting maritime and topographical themes to striking effect. Gudenus's monumental views of Istanbul are just one of many fine renderings of ports and harbours, and the impressive dimensions of many plates, combined with a uniformly-high quality of impression, make this an album of the greatest distinction.