Large Decorative cartouche. Detailed map of Bavaria and environs, extendint to Berchtolsgaden, Ernbert and Salzberg in the south, Feusen, Donawert, the Mindel River and Ditlingen in the west, Waldek in the North and Esserding in the West, centered on the Danube, with Regansberg in the center and Munich in the South and Nuremberg in the Northwest.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688-1766) was the head of a leading family of geographers in eighteenth century France. Gilles got his start when he jointly inherited the shop of Pierre-Moullart Sanson, grandson of the famous geographer Nicholas Sanson. The inheritance included the business, its stock of plates, and a roller press. In 1760 Gilles became geographer to King Louis XV. His son, Didier Robert de Vaugondy (ca. 1723-1786), was also a geographer and the two worked together. They were known for their exactitude and depth of research. In 1757, they produced the Atlas Universel, considered an authority for many years.