Copper engraving, 17 x 22 cm, original hand colour in outline, slight spotting to right of cartouche, blank verso. Published in Chiquet’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas géographique et historique …’.
This is a map of South America featuring figures in indigenous costume and a vignette of a sea battle between a European galleon and local craft. Text at the foot of the map describes Magellan’s discovery of the Magellan Straits in 1520. 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.