By: Henri Abraham Chatelain
Date: 1719 (Published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 13.25 x 17.2 inches (33.7 x 43.7 cm)
This interesting historical map by Chatelain depicts the regions of the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Sea which were under Roman Rule. Chatelain provides in-depth detail including extensive notes , trade routes, names of the different kingdoms, fiefdoms, etc. Major cities and important fortifications are noted. A decorative element is in the eastern Mediterranean in the form of a frigate and a smaller vessel nearby. Ancient civilizations are also named and historical notes are provided regarding the majority of them.
Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743) was a Huguenot pastor of Parisian origins. He was a successful businessman, creating lucrative networks in London, The Hague, and then Amsterdam. He is best known for his marvelous Atlas Historique, published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720. This encyclopedic work was devoted to the history and genealogy of the continents, and discusses such topics as geography, cosmography, topography, heraldry, and ethnography. Published thanks to a partnership between Henri, his father, Zacharie, and his younger brother, also Zacharie, the text was contributed to by Nicolas Gueudeville, a French geographer. The maps were by Henri, largely after the work of Guillaume Delisle. The Atlas Historique offered the general reader a window into the emerging world of the eighteenth century.
Condition: This lovely hand coloured map is in B+ condition with minor at the centerfold which just slightly reaches into the image.
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