Scandinavia and Baltic region
Date of first edition: 1719 (this volume)
Date of this map: 1719
Dimensions (without margins): 39,3 x 46 cm
Dimensions (including margins): 43,5 x 51,5 cm
Condition: Excellent. Sharp copper engraving on strong paper. Centre fold as published. Wide margins. Bright coloured.
Condition rating: A+
From: Atlas Historique
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Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743) was a Huguenot pastor of Parisian origins. Chatelain proved a successful businessman, creating lucrative networks in London, The Hague, and then Amsterdam. He is most well known for the Atlas Historique, published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720. This encyclopedic work was devoted to the history and genealogy of the continents, discussing such topics as geography, cosmography, topography, heraldry, and ethnography. Published thanks to a partnership between Henri, his father, Zacharie, and his younger brother, also Zacharie, the text was contributed to by Nicolas Gueudeville, a French geographer. The maps were by Henri, largely after the work of Guillaume Delisle, and they offered the general reader a window into the emerging world of the eighteenth century.
This interesting map shows the essence of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Quite challenging are the administrative subdivisions.: Duchy of Curlande and Samogitie. Even the very young city of Petersburg, founded in 1703 is shown. This must be one of the oldest maps mentioning this city.