C1719

Mapmonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre

Superb example of Chatelain’s C.18th double hemisphere world map decorated with a striking floral lattice work, compass rose, galleons and two small spheres, one showing the solar system according to Kircher and the other of the lunar system according to … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Mapmonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre

Date:

C1719

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

440mm 
x 338mm

Paper Size: 

530mm 
x 445mm
AUTHENTICITY
Mapmonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre - Antique Map from 1719

Genuine antique
dated:

1719

Description:

Superb example of Chatelain’s C.18th double hemisphere world map decorated with a striking floral lattice work, compass rose, galleons and two small spheres, one showing the solar system according to Kircher and the other of the lunar system according to Cassini.

California is shown as an island and New Holland attached to Terra Australis Incognito, at the furthest eastern end of Nuyts discoveries on the South Australian coast on his voyage in 1627. New Holland is noted as having been discovered in 1644 while on the other hand a number of the earlier Dutch discoveries are also noted. Tracks of a number of explorers are shown as is an outdated route to the Indies, by traversing the Indian Ocean directly to Java in a north easterly direction. By 1617 the VOC required all their ships traveling to the East Indies to take the route pioneered by Hendrik Brouwer in 1610 which was to utilise the strong winds known as the Roaring Forties sailing in a south easterly direction and then turning due north to Java on nearing the Australia coast.

The maps in the Atlas Historique were mainly based on those of the French cartographer, Guillaume De L’Isle, but were presented by the Chatelains in an encyclopaedic form.  The accompanying text is in French and often is printed in two columns on the page with maps and other illustrations interspersed.  Each map and table is numbered consecutively within its volume and all maps bear the privileges of the States of Holland and West-Friesland.

From: Chatelain, Atlas Historique, ou, Nouvelle Introduction a l’Histoire a la Chronologie & a la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne.

References:
Moreland, C. & Bannister, D. Antique Maps. London 1995: p.132.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2061533

Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684 - 1743)

Chatelain was a Huguenot pastor of Parisian origins. He lived consecutively in Paris, St. Martins, London (c. 1710), the Hague (c. 1721) and Amsterdam (c. 1728). Chatelain was a skilled artist and knew combining a wealth of historical and geographical information with delicate engraving and an uncomplicated composition. Groundbreaking for its time, this work included studies of geography, history, ethnology, heraldry, and cosmography. His maps with his elegant engraving are a superb example from the golden age of French mapmaking.The publishing firm of Chatelain, Chatelain Frères and Chatelain & Fils is recorded in Amsterdam, from around 1700-1770, with Zacharias living "op den Dam" (Dam Square) in 1730. Henri Abraham Chatelain, his father Zacharie Chatelain (d.1723) and his younger brother Zacharie Junior (1690-1754), worked as a partnership publishing the Atlas Historique, Ou Nouvelle Introduction à L'Histoire under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication. The atlas was published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720, with a second edition appearing in 1732. The volumes I-IV with a Third edition and volume I with a final edition in 1739. Henri Abraham Chatelain, whose "Atlas Historique" was one of the most expansive Dutch encyclopedias of the age. First published in 1705, Chatelain's Atlas Historique was part of an immense seven-volume encyclopedia. Although the main focus of the text was geography, the work also included a wealth of historical, political, and genealogical information. The text was compiled by Nicholas Gueudeville and Garillon with a supplement by H.P. de Limiers and the maps were engraved by Chatelain, primarily after charts by De L'Isle. The atlas was published in Amsterdam between 1705 and 1721 and was later reissued by Zacharie Chatelain between 1732 and 1739.

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