[CHATELAIN, HENRI] Carte Tres Curieuse De La Mer Du Sud Contenant Des Remarques Nouvelles Et Tres Utiles Non Seulement Sur Les Ports et Isles de Cette Mer...
[Amsterdam: Chatelain, 1719 or later]. Engraved map on four separate sheets, hand-colored in outline with the vignettes richly hand-colored. The top right corner with "Tom: VI. No. 30. Pag: 117". The neatlines of each sheet approximately 16 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches (42.5 x 73 cm); the full map approximately 33.5 x 57.5 inches (85 x 146 cm or 850 x 1460 mm); each sheet separately framed. Tipped at corners to card backing but not laid down, the extremities of the lower margin folded behind the card and taped down at places, one portion of upper margin similarly folded and with some toning and chipping of edge well above neatline and obscured by framing, very short split to one upper fold, faint old stain to one margin, a few spots, in all a very clean example of this important map.
Chatelain's magnificent wall map of the Americas, first published in volume VI of his 1719 Atlas Historique, is described by Tooley as "one of the most decorative maps of North America of the eighteenth century." As stated in the title, the map bears many curiosities, such as California depicted as a large island but with a note questioning this (in translation) "some moderns believe is attached to the continent of America by its northern part." The Solomon Islands are presented among a group of islands with the text "Terre vueu et non conniee" or "Land seen and not known." Just the coastline of Australia is depicted and named Nouvelle Hollande. Near China and Japan is depicted the indeterminate coastline of "Terre de La Compagnie" the Company Land of the Dutch East India Company apparently seen by Juan de Gama. The map features several large interesting vignettes including those depicting Niagara Falls and the industry of the North American beaver, the deep descent into a South American mine, panning along ther Rio de la Plata, ancient customs including a human sacrifice, and early city plans. The routes of the major navigations and are also depicted with several vignette portraits of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, and others. The Atlas Historique was re-issued in 1732. Tooley America 80, p. 130.
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