"Orbis maritimi, sive rerum in mari et littoribus gestarum generalis historia", Dijon, P. Palliot, 1643. Folio, contemporary calf leather gilt, 2 parts in 1 vol., pp.,322,323-725,, engr. allegorical title-page, 7 engraved plates depicting coins, 23 almost half-page engraved maps, 11 half page engraved illustrations of ships. Partly marginal water-stain. Corners showing, foot of spine worn, top of spine slightly damaged , otherwise very good. First edition, First issue (dedication to Louis XIII who died on May 1643) of the FIRST NAVAL HISTORY, a kind of encyclopedia of everything related to MARITIME AFFAIRS. It is divided in two parts. The first covers ancient times (to the great discoveries of the Rennaissance) presenting the main naval battles and the development of navigation and geography. The second covers recent voyages of discovery and topographical description, drawing on numerous naval and maritime sources, including travel journals by European explorers.