Description de la ville d'Alexandrie et des antiquites remarquables qu'on y voit. This folio sheet shows a large view of theruins of the city of Alexandria in Egypt. 331 BC by Alexander the Great of Macedonia.
The column shown in the engraving purports to show the site of his palace. A further engraving (A) shows the ruins of the palace of Cleopatra VII, the last Ptolemaic queen of Egypt; the palace is shown being swallowed by the sea. Another engraving (B) shows and obelisk covered in hieroglyphs It has nothing to do with'Cleopatra's Needle' which stands on the Victoria Embankment in London since that obelisk pre-dates her by 1000 years.
Publication: Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction a l'histoire, a la chronologie & a la geographie ancienne & moderne. A Amersterdam, chez L'Hoinore & Chatelain Libraires. Cartographer: Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684 - 1743) was a Huguenot pastor of Parisian origins. He lived consecutively in Paris, St. He is best known as a Dutch cartographer and more specifically for his cartographic contribution in the seminal seven volume Atlas Historique, published in Amsterdam between 1705 and 1720.Innovative for its time, the Atlas Historique combined fine engraving and artwork with scholarly studies of geography, history, ethnology, heraldry, and cosmography. Some scholarship suggests that the Atlas Historique was not exclusively compiled by Henri Chatelain, as is commonly believed, but rather was a family enterprise involving Henri, his father Zacharie d. 1723 and his brother, also Zacharie (1690 1754). They worked as a partnership publishing the Atlas under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication. The atlas was published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720, with a second edition appearing in 1732. The maps were accompanied by information pertaining to cosmography, geography, history, chronology, genealogy, topography, heraldry, and costume of the world. The images incorporated into the plates and tables were drawn from the best available contemporary sources, including the works of Dapper, Chardin, de Bruyn and Le Hay. Many of the maps are based on the work of Guillaume de l'Lisle. The sheet is evenly aged toned, commensurate with its age. Minor tears, if any, have been mended with archival tissue. The attached photo is part of the item description, please examine carefully.
Size (h x w): 44.0 x 52.5 cm. The item "Antique map, Description de la ville d'Alexandrie" is in sale since Thursday, April 30, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps".The seller is "boden_antique_maps" and is located in Chichester. This item can be shipped worldwide.