Auction 161, Lot 511

"Nouvelle Carte du Gouvernement Civil d'Angleterre et de Celuy de la Ville de Londres", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: England & Wales

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique...

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.1 x 13.6 inches
46 x 34.5 cm

Folio sheet containing a map of England and Wales (5.2 x 4.5"), a plan of London (9.2 x 3.8") and two engravings with allegorical figures representing the empire. Panels of French text provide a detailed history of the civil governmental structure, including information on civil service, banks, and the legal system.

The left-hand engraving depicts a seated Liberty holding a scepter and a bonnet, with a cat at her feet, as cats appreciate their liberty the most within the Animal Kingdom. Beside her are Justice, Tranquility leaning on an elephant, and Patriotism represented by a young warrior.

The engraving at right shows the Law of Nature seated at center, with Commerce at right holding a cornucopia of abundance and a map of the New World. At left is another female figure holding a cornucopia of abundance, representing the British way of living happily. In the distance is Mount Parnassus with a Pegasus at the peak, symbolizing that all the abundance should be consecrated to "the true glory."

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Condition: A

A dark impression with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/8/2017

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