1747 La Feuille Map of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Description: A stunning map of Neuchâtel, Switzerland first drawn by Daniel de la Feuille in 1706. Depicts the stunning Lake of Neuchâtel and the surrounding region. Neuchâtel, located in the Canton of Neuchâtel, is Switzerland’s largest lake. Twelve tiny ships sail on the lake. Title cartouche in the lower left quadrant features the 18 armorial crests of the heirs of Fredrick, King of Prussia. The lower right quadrant offers a stunning view of the town of Neuchâtel and beyond it the Lake. On left and right side of the view are engraved representations of Peruses and Hercules, respectively. At the bottom center a map scale appears on a large pedestal on top of which a cherubic figure uses survey equipment beside a map and globe. This is Paul de la Feuille’s 1747 reissue of his father Daniel’s 1706 map. Prepared for issue as plate no. 15 in J. Ratelband’s 1747 Geographisch-Toneel.
Date: 1747 (undated)
Source: Geographisch-Toneel Of uitgezochte Kaarten, Tot gemak der Officieren, Reisigers en Liefhebbers; Behelsende alle de generale Kaarten ..., (1747 J. Ratelband issue.)
Cartographer: Daniel de La Feuille (1640 - 1709) was born of Huguenot stock in Sedan (L'Ardennes), France. As a young man he apprenticed as a watchmaker. In 1663 La Feuille married Charlette Marlet, the daughter of a local carpenter. Twenty years later, in 1683, facing religious prosecution of Huguenots in France, the family fled to Amsterdam. By 1686 Daniel had become a burgher (citizen) of the city and established himself as an engraver, publisher, and art dealer. Not long after, in 1691, he was admitted into the Booksellers Guild. Though we are primarily concerned with his cartographic work here, his masterpiece is considered to be Devises et emblems, a collection of symbols and designs mostly likely intended as templates for silversmiths, engravers, and watchmakers. His cartographic work includes numerous individual maps and atlases, many of which continued to be published and republished well after his death in 1709. He was succeeded by his sons Jacob de la Feuille (1668 - 1719) and Paul de La Feuille (1688 - 1727). Click here for a list of rare maps from Daniel de La Feuille.
Cartographer: Johannes Ratelband was a European map publisher based in Amsterdam. Ratelband is a rather obscure fellow, but is known to have published a series of European maps and views in association with the La Feuille family. Click here for a list of rare maps from Johannes Ratelband.
Size: Printed area measures 7 in height x 10.25 inches in width (17.78 x 26.035 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Minor discoloration along original foldlines. Original platemark visible.
Code: Neufchatel-ratelband-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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