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Discriptions de Touttes les Pieces qui entrent dans La Construction d'un Vaiss[eaux] du Premier Rang lors quelles sont façonnée prestes de Mettre en Oeuvre leurs Liaisons et Nombre de Chacune.

COULOMB François; ARNAVES J. fec. ([c.1683])


Large copperplate engraving on two conjoined sheets, c.19" x 27". Lightly browned, some edge chips, join opening head and tail, but overall very good. N.p. [Toulon], n.d.

Scarce and splendid explanatory broadsheet showing the parts of a ship, together with the number and dimensions of each part. Within the table of dimensions is the statement "Faict a Toulon dans Lescolle de la Construction par François Coullomb Fitz [fils] avec Premision 1683 [sic throughout]". François Coulomb, a member of a Toulonnais ship-building dynasty, was the director of the École de Construction at Toulon, one of three established in the late C17th in order to standardize French ship-building. He was the builder of twenty-five ships at Toulon between 1689 and 1705, and the author of the manuscript Livre de Construction des Vaisseaux... [Bibliotheque Nationale] on which this plate is almost certainly based.We have been able to locate only one record for this piece in the Collection Chardey at Le Havre.

Stock Code: 91017