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Decorative large format map of Java, with an inset of the bay of Batavia in the lower left corner.
Two title banners include a short sketch of the history of the Dutch on the island, Remarques sur l'Etablissement des Hollandois à Java , written by Gueudeville. The latter provided historical notes to the countries depicted on the maps. At the left and right outer margin, there is a list with cities, Table des Villes de l'Ile de Java. The map graphically depicts rice fields, mountains, forests, cities, villages and even elephants.
From Chatelain's monumental 7 volume Atlas Historique.
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.
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