Attractive double-page engraved map of Switzerland by Henri Chatelain, in his typical style, with the map image in the center and descriptive historical text and imagery surrounding it.
Shows the Old Swiss Confederacy, which lasted roughly from the 14th century to 1798, when it was subsumed by the French Revolutionary Army, after which it was shortly reconstituted as the Helvetic Republic.
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.