Auction 126, Lot 781

"Carte de l'Ile de Madagascar Contenant Sa Description & Diverses Particularitez Curieuses de ses Habitans Tant Blancs Que Negres", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Madagascar

Period: 1719 (published)

Publication: Atlas Historique…

Color: Hand Color

17 x 15 inches
43.2 x 38.1 cm

This is one of the most decorative plates from the Atlas Historique. The folio sheet includes a small map (8 x 4") of the island of Madagascar surrounded by elegantly engraved views of the people and their customs. Incorporated into this carte-a-figures style border are small medallion portraits illustrating the various native tribes. The map is oriented with north to the right and most of the islands in the vicinity are misplaced. The French text below the map discusses the land and its people.

References: Norwich #337.

Condition: A

Pleasantly toned with some creases in the blank margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/3/2008