2 CORONELLI / Teatro della guerra.. Il Belgio Confederato. 106


Description: Nice Italian atlas of the Dutch Republic and its possessions overseas

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria.
Teatro della guerra. ... Il Belgio Confederato.

[Naples, 1706]. Oblong 8vo (leaves 19.1 x 25.5 cm). Contemporary vellum, red sprinkled edges. With 127 engraved plates: 2 general titles (transcribed together to give the title above), and 10 part-titles, folding portrait of King/Stadtholder William III, 2 plates with coat of arms, 11 full-page maps, 53 plates with 75 plans of cities and fortifications (including one repeated), 33 plates with 50 city views, 8 plates with views of buildings, 3 of tombs of naval heroes, 3 costume plates and one plate of a wind cart on the beach. 11 text leaves (ff. 6, 8-14, 116, 118, 133 (Index)).

First edition of a nice atlas of the Northern provinces of the Low Countries, the so-called Dutch Republic, including Eastern Friesland, together with maps and views of the Republic's possessions overseas (Cape of Good Hope, Mauritius, Colombo, Galle, Batavia, etc.), published in the series Bibliotheca Universale, here complete with all the explanatory text-leaves, engraved titles, maps, plates, and views as called for in the Index (f. 133v: with several mistakes in the foliation). The atlas was published by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718), who is widely recognised as one of Italy's most famous and greatest cartographers and cosmographers to the Republic of Venice.
In 1701 Coronelli started his Bibliotheca Universali, which, planned in 48 volumes, would present an encyclopaedic geographical dictionary of the world, but in 1704 Coronelli was discharged as General of the Franciscan Friars and had to submit to papal investigations into the high expences of his numerous publications. Still, Coronelli continued the work until he had to stop in 1709, when only 7 volumes were published not going beyond the letter C. The present volume, "Belgio", nevertheless is presented as volume 45, part I.
The plans, views and maps are for the greater part after i.a. Guiccciardini, Merian and Priorato, including the large panoramic view of Rotterdam (in 4 leaves: ff. 26-29) after Merian, and a plan and bird's eye view on Batavia, a map of the Molluccas and parts of Indonesia.

With wormholes in spine and in margins, especially in first part and last few leaves; some waterstains and some slight foxing and browning. A good copy.
Armao 62; Vinciana 1339; cf. Kretschmer, Lexikon Gesch. Kartogr., I, 146-7; WorldCat (5 copies).
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