Engraved titlepage with letterpress, rare. Printed area 510 x 280mm, 20 x 11".
The decorative titlepage to a French edition of the third volume of Jan van Keulen's important sea-atlas 'Nieuwe Lichtende Zee-Fakkel', first published the year before. It depicts an allegorical figure of Holland, with traders in the Indies on the left and the figures of Mercury and Neptune examining a compass on the right. Underneath a galleon battles three galleys. The atlas ('New Torch of the Sea') contained 130 charts by Claes Janszoon Vooght and launched the van Keulen family business, which lasted into the C19th. The third volume was dedicated to the Mediterranean.
[Ref: 22434] £380.00