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Antique map of Southern Africa and Madagascar, by Zacharias Châtelain. 1719

This map is based mainly on de l'Isle.
In the lower right-hand corner of this map, there is a long note describing the Congo, Monomotapa and Kaffraria. The map's interior is detailed, especially the tribal kingdoms such as Monomotapa. It is interesting to note many references to gold in the form of 'Mines d'Or'.


The Châtelain Family

Zacharias Châtelain (1684-1743) was a bookseller and publisher of Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his sons Zacharias jr and Henry Abraham. The Châtelain family was best known for the historical atlas Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire…, a major work of its time. It was an encyclopaedia in seven volumes, including geography as one of its main subjects. The atlas was published in Amsterdam in seven volumes in various editions with different imprints from 1705 to 1739. An anonym person (Mr. C***) compiled the work with compositions of text, maps, plates and chronological and genealogical tables by Gueudeville, except volume 7, where H.P. Limiers took over this task. The maps were made mainly after the work of Guillaume de l'Isle.

The 1705 edition was published with the imprint “L’Honoré & Châtelain”. Later editions had the imprint: “les Frères Châtelain Libraires” or “L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires”.

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Carte du Royaume de Congo, du Monomotapa et de la Cafrerie,

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References: Koeman - Vol. 2 p. 37, Cha7 (4); Norwich - p. 188, #165

Antique map of Southern Africa and Madagascar, by Zacharias Châtelain.

Title: Carte du Royaume de Congo, du Monomotapa et de la Cafrerie,
Dressée sur les Mémoires les plus exacts & ses observations les plus Nouvelles.
Tom. VI. N° 15 Pag. 59.


Date of the first edition: 1719.
Date of this map: 1719.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 405 x 515mm (15.94 x 20.28 inches).
Sheet size: 440 x 540mm (17.32 x 21.26 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Châtelain Z. Atlas Historique, ou Nouvelle Introduction A l'Histoire, à la Chronologie & à la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne; ... Tome VI. Qui comprend l'Afrique & l'Amerique Septentrionale & Meridionale, ... A Amsterdam, Chez L'Honoré & Châtelain Libraires, M.DCC.XIX. (1719). (Koeman II, p. 37, Cha7)

This map is based mainly on de l'Isle.
In the lower right-hand corner of this map, there is a long note describing the Congo, Monomotapa and Kaffraria. The map's interior is detailed, especially the tribal kingdoms such as Monomotapa. It is interesting to note many references to gold in the form of 'Mines d'Or'.


The Châtelain Family

Zacharias Châtelain (1684-1743) was a bookseller and publisher of Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his sons Zacharias jr and Henry Abraham. The Châtelain family was best known for the historical atlas Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire…, a major work of its time. It was an encyclopaedia in seven volumes, including geography as one of its main subjects. The atlas was published in Amsterdam in seven volumes in various editions with different imprints from 1705 to 1739. An anonym person (Mr. C***) compiled the work with compositions of text, maps, plates and chronological and genealogical tables by Gueudeville, except volume 7, where H.P. Limiers took over this task. The maps were made mainly after the work of Guillaume de l'Isle.

The 1705 edition was published with the imprint “L’Honoré & Châtelain”. Later editions had the imprint: “les Frères Châtelain Libraires” or “L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires”.