antique prints, maps and watercolors

(South America) Chiquet, Jacques. L'Amerique Meridionale... Paris, 1719. $295.00

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The French cartographer, Jacques Chiquet (1673-1721) published only two atlases, both in Paris in 1719, so his work is rare. The title of the atlas in which this map appeared, Le nouveau et curieux Atlas Geographique et Historique, ou Le Divertissement des Empereurs, Roy et Princes…, implies that the atlas was created for royals. His maps are well drawn in a style and with the decorative flourishes typical of 18th century French work.  They contain a great deal of detail including observations concerning important historic events in the regions. The mapmaker expanded on his historical and personal observations in the long page of accompanying French text.

This attractive map of South America has wonderful engraved detail including a sea battle between two ships off the coast of Peru and a decorative cartouche with native inhabitants.

8 1/8 x 11 ¼ inches, sheet.
Hand colored copperplate engraving.
Original outline coloring.
Overall patina and some soiling of margins, not affecting image. Small spot in left upper margin.
Complete with page of accompanying text.