Fantastic early map of the British Isles, surrounded by the portraits of the Saxon Kings and Queens of England, from Egbert in 801 to Queen Anne in 1701.
Central map of the British Isles under Roman occupation. Smaller map defining the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Both maps surrounded by extensive panels of descriptive text
A marvelous and highly decorative map.
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.