Title page printed in blue, 90 maps and plans of the ports, with lights indicated in red and yellow by hand, bound in half vellum with marbled paper sides and without titles. A list of the maps – Table Plans de Ports Permière Partie – appears at the end. A tear in map Pl. 37 penetrates to the printed area, several other maps are stained but generally the maps are clean.
A late Italian edition of Roux’s album first published in 1764.
‘In 1764, Roux had released an album titled Recueil des Principaux Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Méditerranée ..., only 242 x 174 mm in size, inclusive of 121 harbour plans, with neither explanatory text nor captions. The charts are engraved rather coarsely, contain little nautical information and have different scales and orientation, due to the small size of the charts. They provide no geographical coordinates, have a central rose of eight or sixteen winds, and present typical features of the previous century, such as profiles of conspicuous buildings or villages, drawn in perspective within the coastline.This small atlas met with wide favour, probably because of its easy handling, and was reprinted at the end of the century: the Correr Museum in Venice has a reprint of 1799, published by Yves Gravier, Libraire derriere la Loge de Banchi, who published later editions. The album was re-issued in 1804, expanded to 163 tables, entitled Recueil ... de la Mer Méditerranée dont 40 ont été derniérement publiés par Jean Joseph Allezard ancien Capitaine de Marine et plusieurs des autres corrigés, chez Yves Gravier Libraire sous la Loge de Banchi, and was again re-edited in 1848 as Nouveau Recueil ... de la Mer Méditerranée nouvellement publiés par les meilleur Auteurs, Genes 1848, Chez Yves Gravier, Libraire derrière de la Loge de Banchi.This issue has 179 chartlets plus a sheet of merchant flags of thirteen European countries, and a chart of Odessa with many soundings, approximately 29x20.5 cm, anonymous, undated and written in Italian, placed at the end of the book.’
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