6420. Chatelain's famous wallmap of America from 1719

Objektsbeskrivning
WALLMAP OF THE AMERICAS. (2). CHATELAIN, HENRY ABRAHAM. Carte Tres Curieuse de la Mer du Sud, Contenant des Remarques Nouvelles et Tres Utiles Non Seulement sur les Ports et Iles de Cette Mer... Paris c. 1719.

Engraved map on four sheets, joined two and two, and framed. Size c. 410x1410 mm for two sheets.
Some folds, some minor foxing, one minor tear to upper text (title). The map has been framed in two large frames.

One of the most spectacular maps of the Americas ever published. The map shows the trade and explorations routes in the Pacific and the Atlantic (with the East Indies and Japan).
The map is based on De Fer's map of 1713 and appeared in the sixth volume, devoted to the Americas, of Chatelain's monumental work, Atlas Historique. 
Above North America are 9 medallions depicting explorers, including Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, Le Maire, Drake and Dampier, all famous for their voyages to the New World. The map is also filled with vignettes in rococo borders providing a panorama of the New World and illuminating key geographical locations, the native culture, and indigenous flora and fauna. There are fine vignettes which include a spectacular view of Niagara Falls with a famous depiction of a beaver colony, a scene of the cod fisheries in Newfoundland, Native Americans hunting, and the rituals of the Aztecs and Incas including human sacrifice, mining and sugar operations in South America.
The insets are surrounded by images of animals and plants in the New World, for example an opossum, a tobacco plant, and a pineapple.