Scarce third state of De Vaugondy's map of America, updated to include the details of all three of Cook's voyages. The NW Coast of America is still mapped with part information and part conjecture. The Spanish contacts with the region are annotated, as is Sir Francis Drake's landing in 1578. The Northwestern Plains are shown as a large blank, transitioning from the sea of the West and similar misconceptions to the pre-Lewis & Clark and Humboldt period. Text panel on the right. A good example, with a few extra creases and some soiling near the lower margins and a few minor tear just crossing the lower neatline. Backed with linen. 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 (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.