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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
The Whole Plenitude
of Large and Small Sailing-vessels
Le Comte, P(ieter). Afbeeldingen van Schepen en Vaartuigen in verschillende Bewegingen. Amsterdam, F. Kaal, 1831. Oblong folio. 4 ll. front matter, dedication & preface, 60 pp., 2 ll. contents & errata. With
50 chalk lithographs
(subject size c. 5⅛ × 7½ in [13 × 19 cm]). Dark green half morocco on 4 ribs with leather corners of the same, marbled covers and gilt title together with fleurons on the back.
Cat. N.H.S.M. II, 756. – Only edition. – Text on van Gelder, plates on C & I Honig paper. – The quite nicely wide-margined plates (8½ × 11⅜ in (21.7 × 29 cm]) throughout with Le Comte’s enclosed two-line dry stamp PLC / RMWO (ligated) in the center of the lower margin and inscribed lower left in the stone P. Le Comte, mostly with the additions del. et lith(o):, lith., del., or Inv. et del., 16 plates additionally lower right with the address “Steend(rukkerij) Desquerrois en Co.”. – Very fine copy of this most thoroughly describing book, qualified elsewhere as
“ one of the most interesting books on shipping
published in the Netherlands at the end of the sailing ship era .”
In the white upper margin pp. 11/12 old, slightly browned tear backed on both sides. Front matters till p. 9 virtually imperceptible small tidemark at the far upper right edge, seven text leaves with faint fold from turning over. Starting from c. plate 26 fine delicate tidemark in the wide upper margin, both the two final plates with two and one faint brown spot outside the subject resp. Besides the more affected edges the binding only little timemarked. – Previous owner’s name on the front fly-leaf cut out. – Otherwise of perfect freshness and in line with the preface at its end signed in autograph as not the rule throughout.
Pieter le Comte (1802 Amsterdam 1849), knight of the Military William Order, was interested in ships and their details far beyond his profession as officer of the Royal Navy, yet at the same time also artistically talented:
The alternation with technical studies, mostly regarding masts and sails, kept up to a limited extent only though, the complete views of most different situations at sea or in the roads prevail. May it be under studding or storm sails or even scudding under bare poles or at anchor drying the sails. Represented by the way all usual types of ships, from the full-rigged ship over the American schooner and cutter down to the local types of galeotes and tjalks still found at the Frisian coasts and – as symbol of the beginning age of steam shipping – a small paddle steamer. Standing out not least by the exceedingly comprehensive description besides the
launching of a merchant ship
and the towing with ship camels
from the island Marken, which since their invention by Meeuwes Meindertszoon Bakker 1691 as one of the most important of Dutch shipbuilding allowed ships of great draft to reach the harbor of Amsterdam across the shallows of the Pampus without lightening first.
And in such plenitude of representations and of the profound text a
maritime bonanza par excellence —
for leafing through as to detailed studies .
Offer no. 28,985 / price on application
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