Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1982. Hardcover. Quarto. x (ii), 242pp. Original blue cloth with original color photograph of the Verrazzano bridge laid into debossed frame with gilt lettering on cover and spine; housed in matching slipcase with facsimile plates of manuscripts and color photos pasted to front and back cover. Endpapers illustrated with maps. Frontispiece. Publisher's device on title page.
Extensive publication of the exploits of Florentine explorer Giovanni Verrazzano in the services of French King Francis I., becoming the first to explore the North Atlantic coast between Florida and Terranova (New Found Land) in 1524. Four ships headed towards America with two of them destroyed in a violent storm. Profusely illustrated with eighty-nine color and b/w reproductions of documents (29), maps (35) and artwork throughout, including a color photograph of a model of the Dauphine, one of two surviving ships. Contains bibliography, index and list of documents and illustrations at rear. Verrazzano was the first to the site of New York and cross the Indian Ocean. Text in French. Laid in Press Release in French and shipping documents. Fine condition. Item #47992