Vue et Description de Bethlehem et de Nazareth…


Chatelain’s view of the birthplace of Christ.

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This charming bird’s eye view of the ancient city of Bethlehem was published in 1719 by Henri Abraham Chatelain for his monumental work, Atlas Historique. The background shows both old and new, with the modern town on the right juxtaposed sharply with the partially destroyed walls to the left.

The ruins continue to the foreground, which features a scene of similar contrast. Here we have local shepherds herding their flock, while Europeans examine Greek writing amidst a crumbled temple. The strong regional association with Christianity is also noted, as Chatelain included four additional images at the bottom of the sheet.

These include a bird’s eye view of Nazareth (the childhood home of Jesus), two views from the Church of Cana (where Jesus turned water into wine) and the interior of the Grotto of Annunciation (where Gabriel first appeared to the Virgin Mary).

Map Details

Publication Date: 1719

Author: Henri Abraham Chatelain

Sheet Width (in): 21.75

Sheet Height (in): 17.60

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Outer edges are toned, consistent with age, and there is minor creasing along the vertical fold lines. One spot in the lower left margin, well away from the image. Near fine condition - a crisp, bold impression on watermarked paper.


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