A FINE FACSIMILE OF DES BARRES' CHARTS & VIEWS

 

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AUTHOR:

DES BARRES, J. F. W.

TITLE:

The Atlantic Neptune, Published for the Use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain…. Barre Publishing Co., Barre, MA.

CONDITION:

[FACSIMILE]. Portfolio 3 (of 4). Blue cloth over boards with original ties. Title-page and index sheets, plus fourteen charts and views on twenty-one sheets (some on two sheets). Color-printed on fine heavy paper, with each sheet measuring approximately 23” x 24”. Fine condition.

DATE:

1968

DESCRIPTION:

A remarkable facsimile edition of some of the most important charts and views from Des Barres’ The Atlantic Neptune, originally published from c. 1777-1781. This great and beautiful sea atlas was a tour-de-force for technique and design, and was printed for the use of the British Navy during the American Revolution.

The charts and views present in this portfolio are devoted to the American coast from Long Island to the Chesapeake. These include the plan of the Siege of Yorktown (
Plan of York and Gloucester….), perhaps the rarest and most sought-after of all of Des Barres’ charts, printed here on two sheets, with the second sheet of the facsimile devoted to the paste-down overlay that showed the progress of the siege.

Also included are five charts and views devoted to the environs of New York. The most notable of these are two extraordinary and exceptionally rare views, the
View of New York from the Northwest, one of the best depictions of the city from the 18th century, and the famous view of the naval engagement of The Phoenix and the Rose in the Hudson River, 1776. The latter is regarded as the first American naval print, and reproduced here in its first state.

Also present is a rare sheet that includes three large, magnificent view of the Hudson Valley:
Fort Montgomery, Fort Clinton, and St. Anthony’s Nose.

The Barre Publishing Company’s high-quality reproductions were produced at great expense. The work is printed from photogravures of Augustus Loring’s copy of the
Neptune, with each image colored by hand. The work was so expensive that it was abandoned midway in the late 1960s.



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Inventory No. 13506

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