"Le Nouveau et Curieux Atlas Geographique et Historique, ou le Divertissement des Empereurs, Roys, et Princes tant dans la Guerre que dans la Paix", Chiquet, Jacques
Period: 1719 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
11.7 x 8.9 inches
29.7 x 22.6 cm
This charming atlas contains 24 maps and 3 astronomical plates, each accompanied by a page of text. The maps include the world, each of the five continents, and 17 maps of European countries. The delicately engraved double hemisphere world map features the island of California and a Northwest Passage. There is little interior detail with only major nations named. Ter. de Jesso appears off the east coast of Asia, Australia is incomplete and still attached to New Guinea, only the west coast of New Zealand appears, and there is still a partial coastline for Terres Australes.
The charming L'Amerique Septentrionale features the island of California with an indented northern coast and Cap Blanc, Port des Roys and Pointe de la Cair at its northern end. The British colonies are shown confined east of the Appalachians, with France in control of the region between there and the Mississippi River. Spain controls all of the West and Florida. The decorative title cartouche is flanked by two serpents. Two ships and a sea monster fill the Atlantic.
Originally created by Antoine Menard and published by Chiquet in 1711, Chiquet deleted Menard's name throughout when he republished the atlas eight years later. Chiquet only published two works, Le Nouveau et Curieux Atlas and Nouveau Atlas Francais also published in 1719, and his works are therefore uncommon. Title page, 24 maps, 3 plates, text, and index. 8vo, full vellum binding.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MEN-1b.
The maps are in original outline color and range in condition from fair to very good, with light to moderate toning, scattered foxing, occasional old ink spots, and some small worm tracks near the spine, not affecting maps or text. Several pages have come loose, the hinge has separated, and the covers are worn and cockled.