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LE ROUGE, George Louis

RECUEIL DES COTES MARITIMES DE FRANCE Sur quatre Lieues de large environs En 50 Feuilles

Le Rouge ... Rue des Grands Augustins, Paris, 1757
Quarto (240 x 210 mm.), old calf-backed marbled paper boards, with vellum corners, spine with double gilt ruled compartments, ornate gilt calf title label. With double page engraved pictorial title, folding key map and 50 double-page coastal maps, some damp-staining and mottling, mostly to corners, otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION. George Louis Le Rouge (c.1712-c.1790) it appears was born in Hannover 28 August 1704 where the parents, who are recorded as being French went by the name of Noel and Maria Anna Rouger. Upon their return to France, George Louis Le Rouge became a military engineer for the French and took up cartography from about 1740 in the Rud des Grands Augustins, Paris. He was made Geographe du Roy by Louis XV. According to Tooley, ‘specialized more on atlases of plans and
Fortifications’.

This work is a scarce atlas of French coastal charts. The first folding map is an ornate general key map marking off along the coastline the page numbers where a more detail chart may be found. On the recto of it in another contemporary hand is written ‘found at Cancale on our march to attack St. Malos. 1758’. This refers to the raid on St. Malo in June 1758 when an amphibious British naval expedition, under the command of Admiral Howe, landed at Cancale, about 12 miles east of St. Malo in Brittany. Whilst St Malo itself was not attacked, as had been planned, many French privateers and other ships were destroyed before the force withdrew about one week later. A second edition by Louis Brion de la Tour appeared in 1766, with the same content. Provenance: contemporary ownership inscription of ‘E.P. Sole R. W. F.’ (or possibly E.S. Pole) on title and recto of key map, the latter also includes an inscription; Forum Auctions 15 July 2021 lot 46. Tooley (1962) Maps and Map Makers p. 44.
Stock number: 10390

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