Antique engraved sheet with several maps of the Coastline of Panama and Central America, along with numerous vignettes of indigenous flora, fish, and birds.
The three maps are titled: "Carte de L'Isthme de Darien et du Golfe de Panama", "Cote Septentr. de l'Isthme de l'Amerique a l'Ouest de Panama", and "Cote Merid. de l'Isthme de l'Amerique a l'Ouest de Panama".
This group of illustrations and others like it are characteristic of the marvelous engraving work which distinguishes Chatelain's Atlas Historique as one of the great works of its kind.
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.