Finely colored example of Chatelain's map of Southeast Asia. The map extends from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Malay Peninsula and Gulf of Bengal in the north to Java and Sumatra in the south, and is centered on Malacca and Borneo.
Gorgeous wash colors. Shows the explorations and details of the Jesuit expeditions into the region.
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.