MAPPE-MONDE POUR CONNOITRE LES PROGRES & LES CONQUESTES LES PLUS REMARQUABLES DES PROVINCES-UNIES, AINSY QUE CELLES DES COMPAGNIES D'ORIENT ET D'OCCIDENT, ET LES PAIS QU'ELLES POSSEDENT DANS L'UN ET DANS L'AUTRE HEMISPHERE.

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Henri Chatelain


Mappe-Monde pour Connoitre les Progres & les Conquestes les plus Remarquables des Provinces-Unies, Ainsy que celles des Compagnies d'Orient et d'Occident, et les Pais qu'elles Possedent dans l'un et dans l'autre Hemisphere.

Copper plate engraving printed on fine laid paper, 1721
13 1/8 x 18" (33.3 x 45.7 cm) plus wide margins.
Good condition. Black and white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 36604
Price: $600.00
Publisher : Published in Amsterdam by L'Honore & Chatelain.
This impressive double hemisphere is a wonderful example of Chatelain’s elegant maps. Included in the 1721 edition of Atlas Historique, published by Chatelain in Amsterdam, this large chart is the forty-forth map in volume one. This rare map depicts the expeditions of the Dutch East India Company and lists their colonial possessions. The two hemispheres are divided into a grid with a corresponding key, which lists the Company’s possessions across the world. The map was first drafted around 1670, after which Chatelain acquired the plate. Chatelain added most of the decorative elements to the map, including the sailing ships, and the Dutch crest. He also added the illustration of a woman in between the two hemispheres, which symbolizes Europe seated within a Native American fort protected by the Dutch lion. As in most of the maps in this atlas, California is shown as an island, and the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand remain incomplete. This beautiful map is an important commentary on the spread of the Dutch colonial empire, and a wonderful example of Chatelain’s superb charts. Maps

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