Antique Print of Turkish Chess Game, 1732

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An original old antique print that originates from the fifth volume of: 'Atlas Historique...' (Historic Atlas...), Published by Zacharie Chatelain, Amsterdam, 1732. 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 costumes of the world. The maps in the Atlas Historique were mainly based on those of the French cartographer, Guillaume De L'Isle, but were presented by the Chatelains in an encyclopaedic form.

Artists and Engravers: Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743), his father Zacharie Chatelain (d.1723) and Zacharie Junior (1690-1754), worked as a partnership publishing the Atlas Historique, Ou Nouvelle Introduction A L'Histoire under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication. Subject: Plate : 'Viandes et Breuvage des Turcs ...' (Eating and drinking habits of the Turks.) This plate shows the eating and drinking habits of the Turkish people as well as people playing a game of chess and smoking pipe. With descriptive text.

Overall size is ca. 57.5 x 48.5 cm., image size is ca. 44 x 37 cm.