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    Early Look at Maritime History to 1643

    Claude Bartholomew Morisot. Orbis Maritimi Sive Rerum in Mari et Littoribus Gestarum Generalis Historia... Divione [Dijon]: Apud Petrum Palliot, 1643.

    First edition. Latin text. Two parts in one folio volume. [xxiv], 725, [19, index] pages. Woodcut initials throughout text. Double-plate of ancient sea battle opposite the title page. Title page printed in red and black. With 44 engraved plates in text, including a full-page plate of an antique statue with six antique vessels attached to it, 23 maps, 9 plates of antique coins with representations of the sea, and 11 views of various period sailing ships.

    Brown calf binding with multiple fleur de lis motif within an ornate wide rule stamped in gilt on the front and rear boards. Corners worn to the boards with additional scuffs to the edges of the boards. Joints worn but not cracked. Old repair to the bottom corner of the rear board. Marbled paper on the front and rear pastedowns. No counterpart marbled endpapers. Paper repairs made to missing portions of the front free endpaper, first title page, second title page and first eight pages. Contents uniformly toned with scattered light foxing throughout. Light water stains to scattered pages. Otherwise the contents are sound and tight with the overall condition of the book being very good.

    An encyclopedia of all things maritime up to 1643. The author describes navigation in ancient times, travel in the middle ages and the great discoveries of the Renaissance. The second part is concerned with the navigation and exploration including the great French, Spanish, English, Dutch and Portuguese expeditions to the coasts of Africa and North America. North and South America in particular are covered in two sections, and by three maps and Morisot mentions many details concerning recent discoveries in those regions.

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