"Plan de l'Histoire universelle, oul'on voit les quatre Monarchies du Monde, et tous les Anciens Etats aussi bien que ceux qui subsistent aujourdhuy", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Period: 1705 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique…
Color: Hand Color
17.3 x 13.2 inches
43.9 x 33.5 cm
The unique composition of this interesting map shows the entire world but emphasizes the Old World. The main map depicts the Eastern Hemisphere, into which is inset a smaller Western Hemisphere with the island of California. The map shows the extents of the Roman Empire and Alexander the Great's Empire. Below are vignettes depicting the seven wonders of the ancient world. Tables of French text surround the map.
There is a small spot of candle wax in large blank area north of Antarctica and short marginal splits at centerfold, well away from map. On a fine sheet of hand laid paper with very wide, original margins.