"Nouveaux Mappemonde ou Globe Terrestre avec des Tables et des Remarques pour Conduire a la Connoissance de la Geographie et de l'Histoire", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Period: 1720 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique
Color: Hand Color
26 x 18.5 inches
66 x 47 cm
This bold world map from Chatelain’s monumental, seven-volume atlas combines a wealth of information and geographical observations. The two hemispheres are divided into a grid with a corresponding key to the tables surrounding the map, which identifies the locations of principal cities, mountains, rivers, lakes, islands, and other geographical features. The routes of prominent explorers are traced with the dates of their voyages. Australia and New Guinea are joined into one large landmass with only the southern tip of Tasmania outlined.
North America is still vastly unexplored with an uncharted western coastline. This map shows California as a peninsula, in contrast to Chatelain’s renowned Carte Tres Curieuse from the same atlas that depicts it as an island. The Atlas Historique was published between 1705 and 1720 when the question of California’s insularity was hotly contested among leading cartographers. It was common practice for publishers to present both versions of the controversy.
A good impression, issued folding on thick paper with a large fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark with the initials "GVH." The map has very light toning and soiling, and has been archivally backed with tissue to repair several fold separations.