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Carleton House
92 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HP
Contact Peter Rowan
Telephone 02890 666448
Specialists Ireland, Irish History & Culture, Manuscripts, Maps, Literature, Economics, Sciences, History of Ideas, Travel, Rare Books in all fields (15th to 20th Centuries)
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Stand F02

VERY RARE ATLAS IN A HANDSOME ARMORIAL BINDING - LEADING FRENCH STATESMAN'S COPY

COLLINS, Greenvile] BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas

Cartes et plans de plusieurs parties des côtes d'Angletree, d'Écosse, et d'Irlande, copiées sur celles du Pilote Côtier de la Grande Bretagne de Greenville Collins., No place [Paris]: [no imprint] c.1757

folio letterpress leaf of contents, 19 double-page maps (complete), contemporary rich burgundy morocco, boards with a triple gilt fillet border and with a very large circular armorial device with the Montmorin de Saint-Hérem arms (a rampant lion against a background of stars) gilt blocked at their centres, spine richly gilt decorated in panels and with contrasting olive lettering piece, double gilt fillet on board edges, turn-ins gilt rolled, edges gilt, endpapers of blue sprinkled paper,lower board corners slightly scuffed, front cover faded to a rich russet. Very nice copy. Rare

Provenance
Later pencilled "Mountmorín" names on front endpapers.

Note
VERNER Captain Collins 'Coasting Pilot', A Carto-Bibliographical Analysis, 23 [in Map Collectors' Circle, 6/58 (1969)]
This French copy of the famous Greenvile Collins charts of the British and Irish coasts, the Coasting Pilot, was made about 1757 and issued without text. The plates are copied from the 1756 edition of Greenvile Collins’s Great-Britain’s Coasting Pilot, which was first published in 1693.
Extremely rare. O.C.L.C. locates copies only in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Yale, Newbery and Huntington libraries in U.S.A, the B.L. and Cambridge in U.K., and 1 in Poland. Catalogue collectif de France locates only in B.N. There is also a copy in the British Admiralty but no copy in the National Maritime Museum.
Armand-Marc, Comte de Montmorin de Saint-Hérem, French statesman, from a noble family of Auvergne, born Paris 1745, was a gentleman-in-waiting to Louis XV1, when he was dauphin and held high office under him when he was King. He was ambassador to Madrid 1777, Commander in Chief in Brittany 1786, and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1787. He was a friend of Necker and resigned briefly when Necker was dismissed in July 1789. He was a close adviser to the King and was reputed to have issued a passport under a false name for the Royal Family to escape in disguise on 29th June 1791. Suspected of counter revolutionary plots he was replaced by Antoine Nicholas Valdec de Lessart (1741-1792) in November 1791. He went into hiding after 10th August 1792 but was arrested 10 days later in the home of a laundress. He was imprisoned in Abbaye prison and was murdered there by a mob on 31st August 1792.

Edition
First edition

Binding
Armorial red morocco
£14,000