[Vicenzo Coronelli presenting a book to Pope Clement XI.]
[Venice: Coronelli c.1705.]
Coloured engraving with very large margins. 290 x 200mm (11½ x 8") Trimmed close to plate, creasing.
Vicenzo Coronelli presenting a volume of his 'Biblioteca Universale Sacro-Profana' to Pope Clement XI, a bookcase full of Cornelli's atlases behind the papal dais. The print is surrounded by a border of mapmaking instruments and globes. The 'Biblioteca universale' was an encyclopedia, one of the first universal encyclopedias in a European vernacular language with entries arranged alphabetically. It was planned to contain 45 volumes but only 7 volumes appeared, published 1701-7, only reaching 'C'. The set is exceedingly rare. Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) the Franciscan monk, cosmographer, and Official Cartographer to both the Doge of Venice and Louis XIV of France, known for his 'Atlante Veneto' atlases and the pair of two-ton manuscript globes made for Louis and now in the Bibliothèque nationale François Mitterrand in Paris.
See Kivell & Spence P.84; for uncoloured impression see ref. 29665
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