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Description

Scarce coastal map of a the coast of Guyenne, centered on Bayonne and extending south to the Pyrennes.

Includes a number of sailing ships and a sea monster.

Tassin's atlas is the first set of charts to focus exclusively on the coast of France, and the earliest sea atlas published in France. Tassin's work enjoyed a long run of importance. Originally published by order of Cardinal Richelieu in 1634, Tassin would later sell the plates for his atlas to Antoine de Fer, who re-issued the atlas with some modifications. Antoine's son Nicolas De Fer would later re-issue the work with an addtional 10 plates and modification of the plates, in 1676, adding titles to the charts and adding a collection of fortifications. The charts were again re-issued by Pieter Mortier in 1695 and 1702.

The atlas is very rare on the market, with only a single example appearing in AMPR. For an illustration of the complete set of maps, please visit the website of the BNF: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b77100033

Condition Description
Minor dampstaining
Reference
Pastoureau, M., Tassin V.