JACQUES DEVAULX: NAUTICAL WORKSELISABETH HÉBERT & G. HOLZER Book Number: 84769 Product format: Hardback
"A Navigational Treatise of Exceptional Opulence: The Complete Facsimile, 1583." Taschen publishers present a facsimile reproduction of Les premières oeuvres de Jacques Devaulx, pilote en la marine, first published by Le Havre-born "Naval Pilot to the King" Jacques Devaulx in 1583. This extraordinary illuminated manuscript atlas, dedicated to the Duke of Joyeuse, collates nautical, astronomical and cartographic ideas as well as Devaulx's own extensive observations, and records as a seafarer, hydrographer, cosmographer and cartographer. An encyclopedic reference for sailors, as well as a magnificent maritime showpiece for his royal employers, the elaborately annotated and decorated folios are a repertoire of naval and cosmographic tools and techniques, including astrolabes, nautical charts of the Atlantic Ocean, tabular statements of diurnal tides, astrological charts and measurements for solar altitude. They also gather Devaulx's volvelles, wheel charts made of rotating parts that are today considered an early example of the paper analogue computer. Produced in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 31 folios are reproduced in all their brilliant art and science, including the original colourful illuminations, in particular the volvelles. The volume features essays by Jean-Yves Sarazin and Gerhard Holzer, as well as commentaries from a team of experts coordinated by Élisabeth Hébert and Véronique Hauguel-Thill, with fascinating insights into 16th century seafaring and exploration. A huge tome, 11½" x 17½", 264 pages. Text in English, French, German. In sturdy carry box with handle. New from Taschen, UK delivery only. Delicious colour and golden "gilded" images. Sextants away!
Bibliophile price: £80.00