|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles|
|Published||Par le Sr. Robert de Vaugondy, Avec Privilege 1750 |
|Dimensions||155 x 155 mm|
A miniature French map of North America, with the various states, countries, and territories of the mid-eighteenth century outlined in hand colour, from the 1758 Methode Abregee et Facile pour apprendre La Geographie. Most of the unmapped north-west of the continent is covered by a simple box cartouche, but the rest of the map covers everything from Hudson Bay at top to the northern coast of South America at bottom.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688-1766) and his son Didier (1723-1786) were French cartographers, publishers, and globe-makers, responsible for the publication of the Atlas Universel (1757), one of the most significant cartographical achievements of the 18th century. The de Vaugondy family were descendants of the cartographer Nicholas Sanson d'Abbeville, and inherited many of his plates. These were reissued with updated astronomical observations and corrected longitudinal and latitudinal information in the Atlas Universel. Didier continued reissuing the Atlas after his father's death, and was appointed geographer to Louis XV later in life. Gilles often signed his maps simply as Sr. (or Sieur) Robert, whilst Didier usually used 'Robert de Vaugondy' as his signature, occassionally adding 'fils' to clearly distinguish himself from his father.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued.