Atlas Historique, or Nouvelle Introduction a L'Histoire, a la Chronologie & a la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne;
Amsterdam. Zacherie Chatelain,, 1737. Leather Bound. Tall folio. Bound in full contemporary calf, with seven raised bands and the spine ornamented in gilt. The binding shows minor wear but is otherwise strong and the contents are in remarkable condition. There is an elaborate engraved plate preceding the formal title page (printed in red and black). Measures 47 x 29.5 cms. Zacherie Chatelain (d.1723) was the father of Henri Abraham (1684-1743) and Zacherie Junior (1690-1754). They worked as a partnership publishing this atlas under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication. The original atlas was published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720, with a second edition appearing in 1732. The maps were accompanied by information pertaining to cosmography, geography, history, chronology, genealogy, topography, heraldry, and costume of the world. The maps in the Atlas Historique were based on those of the French cartographer Guillaume De L'Isle, but were presented by the Chatelains in an encyclopedic format. The text is in French and is printed in two columns on the page with maps and other illustrations interspersed. Each map and table is numbered consecutively (see MapHist dot com). Our offering is described as 'Tome II, Seconde Partie, ou Tome III' of the 'Nouvelle Edition' which has been 'Revue, corrigee, & considerablement augumentee'. It covers Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Savoy, Lorraine, and the Republic of Venice. It contains 26 folding maps, and ten genealogical tables or charts.
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