[AMERICAN NEPTUNE]. Neptune Americo-Septentrional .. [Paris: Depôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, 1778-1780].

$ 70,000.00

[AMERICAN NEPTUNE]. Neptune Americo-Septentrional contenant les côtes, iles et bancs, les baies, ports, et mouillages, et les sondes des mers de cette-partie du monde, depuis le Groenland inclusivement, jusques et compris le golfe du Mexique. [Paris: Depôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, 1778-1780].

Folio (24 3/8 x 19 2/8 inches). Engraved title-page, 26 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE engraved charts and plans of the Atlantic seaboard on 13 full sheets and 5 half sheets (margins browned, some pale waterstaining throughout, some creases). Contemporary calf backed blue paper boards, vellum corners (worn).  

First edition. Published for the use of the French navy during the American Revolution, by order of Antoine Sartine (1729-1801), then Minister of Marine (1774-1780), and a great moderniser of the French navy. Prior to the American Revolution he had increased shipbuilding by almost four-fold enabling an extraordinary production of 9 ships of-the-line a year by the time the French entered the fray in 1778.

The subjects of the charts include the coasts of Florida and Louisiana, Boston Harbor (after Des Barres), Charleston Harbor, Narragansett Bay (after Blaskowitz), the Delaware River (after Fisher), and the Hudson River. 

Engraved title-page

Double-page engraved map "Carte Reduite des Cotes Orientales de L'Amerique Septentrionale contenant Celles des Provinces d New-York et de la Nouvelle Angleterre, celles de l'Arcadie ou Nouvelle Ecotie de l'ile St. Jean avec l'interior du Pays"... 1780

Double-page engraved map "Carte Reduite des Cotes Orientales de L'Amerique Septentrionale  contenant Partie du Nouveau Jersey, la Pen-sylvanie, le Mary-land, la Virginie, la Caroline Septentrionale, la Caroline Meridionale et la Georgie,..." 1778 (old veritcal crease lefthand page

Double-page with 2 engraved maps: "Plan de L'Ile de St. Juanm"... 1778 and "Carte de la Baie des Chaleurs..." 1780

Double-page with 2 engraved maps: "Plans Particuliers Dependans de L'Ile Royale", no date, and "Carte Reduite de L'Ile Royale..." 1780

Full-page engraved map "Plan de la Ville du Port de Louisbourg...", 1779

Double-page with 3 engraved maps: "Plan de la Baie de Gabarus...", 1779; "Plan de la Baie de Nerichac...", 1779; and "Plan de Port Toulouse...", 1779

Full-page engraved map "Plan du Port Dauphin...", 1778

Double-page with 4 engraved maps: "Plan du Port de Chibouctou...", 1779; Plan du Port de la Riviere St. Jean...", 1779; "Plan du Port de la Heve..."; and "Plan du Port Rochelois..."

Double-page with 2 engraved maps: "Plan de l"isthme de L'Arcadie...", 1779; "Plan de la Baie et du Havre de Casco...", 1779

Full-page engraved map "Plan du Bassin et de la Riviere du Port Royal...", 1779

Double-page engraved map "Carte Particuliere du Havre de Boston...", 1780

Full-page engraved map "Plan de la Baie de Narraganset...", 1780

Double-page with 2 engraved maps "Carte de la Baye et Riviere de Delaware...", 1778; "Carte de l'Entree de la Riviere d'Hudson...", 1778

Double-page engraved map "Carte de la Baie de Chesapeake...", 1778

Double-page with 2 engraved maps: "Pland e la Riviere du Cap Fear...", 1778; "Plan de la Barre et du Havre de Charles-town...", no date

Double-page engraved map "Plan de Port Royal et de la Riviere et du Detroit d'Awfo Skee...", 1778

Full-page engraved map "Plan de l'Ile d'Amelia...", 1779

Phillips, Atlases 1211; Howes N52. Catalogued by Kate Hunter