Copper engraving, 17 x 22.5 cm, original hand colour in outline, map of North America with blank verso. Published in Chiquet’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas géographique et historique …’.
Chiquet (1673-1721) was a relatively successful Parisian engraver, print- and map-seller. 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. A later state was published in Amsterdam in 1749 and 1778, without Chiquet’s imprint or the text in the lower left and middle right, and with the ships and sea monsters removed.
McLaughlin notes that California is depicted as as an island with an indented northern coast, showing ‘Cap Blanc’, ‘Port des Roys’ and ‘Pointe de la Cair[?]’ at the north end. Chiquet appears to be following the second Sanson model for California, and also includes significant detail of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, reflecting the extent of contemporary knowledge based on French and Spanish discoveries. McLaughlin, Mapping of California as an Island, 191.