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Striking double hemisphere map of the World, exhibiting the discoveries of Captain James Cook on his 3 voyages of discovery to the Pacific, including his final demise in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).

This remarkable map, originally published by De Vaugondy in 1752 and here updated with significant revisions and updates, including the tracks of major explorers, including Captain Cook, Furneaux and other navigators, primarily in the Pacific Ocean, but with additional details throughout the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.

De Vaugondy's original map was largely devoid of explorer's routes and included no information north of California and the Straits of Anian. In addition, much of the western half of Australia was completely unknown and shown in the conjectural style popularized in the first half of the 18th Century. In this revised edition, the Northwest Coast of America is now shown in great detail, albeit very inaccurately so, adopting the De L'Isle model of the region, repleat with hopeful watercourse from the Pacific to the Atlantic and a western extension of the Coast of North America which extend more than 20 degrees west of its true location. Curiously, the Aleutian Islands appear, but are in a virtually unrecognizable form.

In Australia, the results of Cook's explorations along the west coast are in evidence, as is an updated New Zealand and early appearance of Hawaii. The Terres Antarcticque are named, but no with only a hint of a speculative landmass.

Condition Description
Repaired tear, just near bottom center, entering printed image just left of centerfold.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy Biography

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.