Highly sought after set of images from Chatelain's 7 Volume Atlas Historique. Includes a large image of a Buffalo and scene at Niagara fals. Also shows the coats of arms for the Five Nations, the Hurons, the Illinois and the Oumamis, along with details on a Calumet Village and rituals, and other details. A fascinating early American study.
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.