Copper engraving, 17 x 22 cm, black and white, blank verso. Chart of the celestial hemispheres, published in Chiquet’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas géographique et historique …’.
Chiquet (1673-1721) was a relatively successful Parisian engraver, print and mapseller. He published Antoine Menard’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas’ in 1711, and reprinted it with Menard’s name burnished from the plate and replaced with his own and a new date, 1719, as here. Chiquet’s principal source, Phillipe de la Hire (1640-1718) was a distinguished French mathematician, astronomer and architect. Most of the diagrams in the upper and lower borders follow the observations of Cassini, although Chiquet also draws upon Kircher (the Sun) and Galileo (the Moon).