One of the earliest maps published by Robert De Vaugondy, one of the most important map makers in France during the 18th Century. The 'New Continent' in geographic and political detail. It describes climates, boundaries, colonial possessions, native people, religions and languages. The map is on Mercator's Equal-Area Projection, adding the graphic punch of the distorted longitudinal lines for a very handsome and dynamic appearance. Included with the map is a text block, listing a myriad of important political and sociological facts about the map. Island groups are named and labeled with dates of their discovery. Gorgeous example on thick paper. The map was re-issued by Hendrik De Leth in 1749. All editions of the map are rare. Only one appearance in AMPR in the past 20 years. Pedley 17.
Didier Robert de Vaugondy (ca. 1723-1786) was the son of prominent geographer Gilles Robert de Vaugondy and Didier carried on his father’s impressive work. Together, they published their best-known work, the Atlas Universel (1757). The atlas took fifteen years to create and was released in a folio and ¾ folio edition; both are rare and highly sought-after today. Together and individually, father and son were known for their exactitude and depth of research.
Like his father, Didier served as geographer to King Louis XV. He was especially recognized for his skills in globe making; for example, a pair of his globes made for the Marquise de Pompadour are today in the collection of the Municipal Museum of Chartres. Didier was also the geographer to the Duke of Lorraine. In 1773, he was appointed royal censor in charge of monitoring the information published in geography texts, navigational tracts, and travel accounts.