CHATELAIN, Henri-Abraham

Nouvelle carte pour conduire a la connoissance de la marine et a la démontrer la plus part des instrumens ...

Size : 54 x 62 cm
Color : Hand Colored
Condition : A+
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 519-22

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Beautiful example of Chatelain's elegant engraving detailing navy ships and instruments.

The center of this chart Chatelain shows a detailed illustration demonstrating a the principal pieces used to build a Dutch Frigate. It is surrounded by numerous illustrations showing: the way to build a navy ship and prepare it for sailing, and another on showing the Portuguese technique, the front of the ship, the decoration of the back of the ship, and 12 different types of ships on the waters. It also shows views of the departure of the fleet of king Guillaume for the expedition of England in 1688, the order of two naval armies ranged each one on two lines in the moment that they are ready to fight, and a scene of a naval combat. Other than naval ships, Chatelain's engraving shows the instruments used by the navy to navigate the oceans including different types of compasses, a compass rose, crossbows... and finally it includes an illustrated list of geographic terms used to undetrstand navigation. The bottom of the engraving includes a text zone dedicated to notes, remarks and keys to read this map.

The Historical Atlas of Chatelain

A complex and ambitious work, Henri Abraham Châtelain's Atlas Historique is one of the most complete encyclopedias of its time. Originally published in Amsterdam between 1705 and 1720 by L'Honoré and Châtelain, the Atlas Historique was corrected, enlarged and republished until 1739, date of the fourth and last edition. Designed for the general public, fascinated at the beginning of the 18th century by the newly conquered colonies, the new discoveries, the distant countries (such as the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Mongolia, China, Japan, Indonesia...), it is illustrated with numerous maps, many of which are based on those of the French cartographer Guillaume Delisle.

CHATELAIN, Henri-Abraham

Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743) was a protestant pastor. He was the grandson of a rich Parisian merchant who introduced the industry of Spanish gold and silver stitching in Paris. Chatelain's family immigrated to the Netherlands in 1678. Between 1704 and 1707 he studied theology in Leiden. His studies permitted him to become the pastor of Saint-Martin Church, in London. In 1721, he was called back to serve in Holland, specifically to the Hague in 1721 and later to Amsterdam in 1728, the place of his death.

In the history of cartography, Henri is known along with his brother Zacharias Chatelain (1690-1754) for their Atlas Historique which was published between 1705 and 1739. The first edition of the atlas was published by "L’Honoré & Châtelain" Which refers to the association between Zacharias Chatelain and his brother in law François l'Honoré. The latter was a bookseller active in Amsterdam who was also known as "Francois L'Honoré et compagnie"  between 1706 and 1726. Later edition of the Atlas have the imprint of "L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires" or "Frères Châtelain Libraires". The statement of responsibility of the Atlas as it states: "par Mr. C*** ; avec des dissertations sur l'histoire de chaque état, par Mr. Gueudeville", thereby the anonymous Mr. C refers to the Chatelain brothers and  the texts of the atlas are attributed to Gueudeville, Nicolas.