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Description

Scarce second state of De Vaugondy's map of America, pre-dating information from any of the Cook Voyages. The NW Coast of America is shown wildly distorted to the west, with a number of mythical rivers flowing from the Pacific eastward, including the River of the West. The discoveries of Admiral De Font and Martin D'Aguilar are noted. Much of the Southwestern US is also shown as being traversed by branches of these long rivers, searching for a watercourse to the Mississippi. Large insets of Martinique and Haiti. A few minor in the lower margin, one just crossing neatline. Backed with linen. Text panel on the right. Ex-Chicago Historical Society. A few stray pencil notes and the signature of Thomas Wilson on the verso. Still, in all, a good example of this scarce edition of the map.

Didier Robert de Vaugondy Biography

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.