This is a very beautiful, rare, and highly detailed large French hand colored engraving from 1712 with very fine illustrations and explanations in a variety of lovely typefaces and calligraphic script showing:"Navigation , Marine Knowledge, and Nautical Instruments", "contributing to the art and knowledge ship construction, navigation and instrument construction with remarks". With nearly 50 individual labeled illustrations and diagrams including the following sections: names and typical appearance of 12 different types of ships, magnetic compass, proportional compass, equinoxial compass, nocturlabe, other instruments, marine geographical features, a complete frigate illustration with all constituent parts numbered and labeled, method of ship construction incl. side view, rear view with ornaments, front view constructon and ornaments, "Portuguese" manner of construction and launch, military formations, an actual sea battle, tables of various types and remarks. It is in excellent condition with no water damage or foxing. It is apparently on quite a solid piece of paper to have kept so well for over 300 years. I acquired it on Cape Cod in the 1970's. Frame of wood and glass is solid, tight and in good condition although predictably worn. It would look especially impressive with proper reframing and would make a great gift for a man of the sea or for the marine science or history buff or marine art collector.
Measurements are inclusive of frame.
(PS The frame rear panel paper covering shows some signs of stains that do not at all effect the well protected front side engraving itself)
Large hand -tinted Maritime Engraving of French Naval Ships, Instruments, Principles, Battles, Practices, Etc with detailed technical information -Late 18th or early 19th century - Framed