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Madagascar, by Z. Châtelain. 1719

This is a map of the island of Madagascar with a description in French below of its topography and inhabitants. The margins are profusely illustrated with eleven descriptive vignettes of the dress, the events and the life of the inhabitants. Flanking these vignettes are eighteen smaller medaillons, each illustrating the various types' facial features.


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 de l'Ile de Madagascar contenant sa description & diverses particularitez curieuses de ses habitans tant blancs que nègres.

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References: Koeman - Vol. 2, p. 38, Cha 7, (15); Norwich - p. 386, #337.

Old, antique map of Madagascar, by Z. Châtelain.

Title: Carte de l'Ile de Madagascar contenant sa description & diverses particularitez curieuses de ses habitans tant blancs que nègres.
Tom. VI N°39 Pag. 142

Oriented to the west.

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

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 380 x 435mm (14.96 x 17.13 inches).
Sheet size: 440 x 525mm (17.32 x 20.67 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 is a map of the island of Madagascar with a description in French below of its topography and inhabitants. The margins are profusely illustrated with eleven descriptive vignettes of the dress, the events and the life of the inhabitants. Flanking these vignettes are eighteen smaller medaillons, each illustrating the various types' facial features.


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”.