Atlas historique, … Châtelain
The most expansive encyclopedia of its age… with key world map
Date of publication: 1721
Dimensions: 43,5 x 27 cm
Original hard covers
Condition: excellent, A+
Publishers: Les Frères Châtelain, puis l’Honoré & Châtelain, Amsterdam
Provenance: Ludovicus Mériaux. This is acknowledged in handwriting on each of the title pages of the seven volumes (“ex libris Ludovicus Meriaux”)
Note: considering the sheer volume and weight of this seven volume atlas, our normal transport prices do not apply. To be discussed.
We made a small selection of some of the 285 outstanding illustrations, but we focused on the world map (1 to 9):
1 World map (volume VI): “Carte curieuse de la mer du sud contenant des remarques nouvelles et tres utiles non seulement sur les port et les iles de cette mer”
2 Detail: the Niagara Falls, with the joke (bottom) “manage et industrie des castors” (with the labor of beavers)
3 Detail: the Caribbean space
4 Detail: Mexico city
5 Detail: triple view of of Havana, Bay of Rio de Janeiro (Guanabara Bay) and Vera Cruz
6 Detail: Panama
7 Detail: Coastline of Spain, Portugal and France, with Azores and an inset of cod fishing
8 Detail: View of Table mountain and of Cape of Good Hope
9 Detail: Text on the Pacific Ocean
FURTHER in this atlas:
10 Map of North America
11 Map of East Canada
12 Map of the XVII Provinces (with table of cities and towns)
13 Map of Russia
14 Genealogy of European sovereigns as linked to France
15 Table of nobility and their coat of arms
16 Table of the ecclesiastical history and of the religious orders
17 Genealogy of sovereigns of Northern Europe
18 Genealogy of sovereigns of Lorraine
19 Genealogy of sovereigns of Austria
20 Genealogy of sovereigns of England
21 View of Bethlehem and Nazareth
22 View of the Holy Sepulchre church (Jerusalem)
23 View of the Great Mosque (Mecca)
25 Open book
Atlas historique: the date of this ensemble
The entire series is clearly produced as one entity.
Volumes V to VII were first published in respectively 1719, 1719 and 1720. Volume I was re-edited in 1721.
Volumes I and IV were produced in respectively 1705 and 1714, with new editions in respectively 1721 and 1732.
Volumes II and III were both produced in 1708, with new editions in 1738.
In conclusion: all volumes were first editions (though maybe not printed in the year of their first publications. We have no information whether Volume I is a first (1705) or second (1721) edition.