Marvelous set of four maps of the Hudson, Button and Baffin Bay regions, Davis Straits and the Coast Labrador, showing the evolutin of the mapping and discoveries of these regions, as they were explored and mapped between 1650 and 1750.
This map was one of ten maps in Diderot's important 10 volume encyclopedia, one of the most important general compendiums of information of its time. It includes the work of Sanson (1650), De L'Isle (1700 and 1703) nd Henri Ellis (1746-1747).
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.