[La Connoissance des Pavillons ou Bannieres, que la plûpart des nations arborent en mer.] with 90 Hand-Colored Plates

By: Aubin, Nicolas (attributed)

Price: $2,799.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

A fine and rare work, illustrating and describing 214 flags used by shipping which is sometimes ascribed to Nicolas Aubin (see Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich). The flags are of the various maritime nations as well as the numerous mercantile companies of the period. A quarto measuring 9” x 7”. Binding is very pleasing, an extremely handsome rebinding using renewed old materials. Old contemporary calf boards that have signs of wear with lovely patina were sensitively and expertly rebacked with a spine with 5 raised bands, gilt in the compartments, all beautifully done by this master binder. There are 28 pages of text and 90 engraved plates, all present as called for. The title page is a facsimile printed on old paper, and endpapers are renewed, otherwise all original. Condition is good. A2 repaired at top corners, plate 31 has a clean tear in the fore-edge margin that touches the flag, plates 88 and 89 are out of sequence. Minor foxing otherwise clean. The first 24 plates have the flags identified under each plate in an old French hand. The book block is solid, hinges firm, spine beautiful and gilt bright. The book is quite beautiful. The engravings are finely done, and each flag is beautifully hand-colored in rich reds, blues, greens and yellows. In general, each full page plate has two flags, but some have one spectacular large flag, and a few have 3 flags per page. The flags are shown bravely waving on staffs. It includes many of the small nation states and principalities of the time, including Genoa, the Isle of Corsica (dependent on Genoa) , Tuscany, Dunkerque (ville de la Flandre Francoise) , Sleeswik-Holstein, Livonia, Pomerania, as well as Tripoli, Tunis, the Mogol Empire, Nanking, the Emperor of China, the Emperor of the Tartars, Barbary, and many, many, more, both large and small. This book is exceedingly rare - -with only two copies listed at auction for sale in the past 100 years. Worldcat (OCLC) lists only 20 copies held worldwide, virtually all at national libraries such as the Library of Congress, the National Maritime Museum (UK) and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. This is a beautiful copy, handsomely bound, of a very scarce title. Very scarce, very beautiful, very desirable. ”A fine and rare work” declared Sotheby's some years back at one of only two auctions of this book over the last fifty years -- illustrating and describing 214 flags used in shipping in the 1700s. The flags are of virtually all the various maritime nations, as well as numerous mercantile companies of the period, including those of the Turks and Mongols. The book is sometimes attributed to Nicolas Aubin (the copy at the Bayerische Staatsbiliothek in Munich is so described) but otherwise no author is mentioned. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall

Title: [La Connoissance des Pavillons ou Bannieres, que la plûpart des nations arborent en mer.] with 90 Hand-Colored Plates

Author Name: Aubin, Nicolas (attributed)

Categories: Antiquarian/Rare, Military & Wars, Language - French,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Amsterdam, Jacques van den Kieboom: 1737

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 7344

Keywords: Maritime Flags Maritime History Naval Banners,