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Detailed four sheet wall map of America, first published by Robert De Vaugondy circa 1760.

Includes a large open area in the American West called "les Provinces de Quivira et Teguaio." Excellent detail in New Mexico and the region around the Rio Grande and Gila Rivers.

The United States is depicted as independent, but the massive "Louisiane" reflects the claims of the French, prior to the Treaty of Utrecht in 1763.

The treatment of South America is quite advanced for the period, but still reflects that Spanish policy of secrecy. As such, the vast areas drained by the Amazon River are still largely unknown.

The large inset at the lower left of the map offers a fine look at the known regions of Canada and the Arctic regions of North America, but offers no real encouragement for the hopes of finding the Northwest Passage, which would not be located and confirmed for another 60+ years.

The map is apparently quite rare. While earlier states are noted by Mary Pedley, this state with the Delamarche imprint is apparently unrecorded, although noted by Cohen & Taliaferro in Catalogue, Item 75 (2006, priced at $9,500).

Wide margins, with original silk edges.

Provenance: Ken Nebenzahl collection.

Condition Description
Printed on 4 sheets. Dissected and laid on linen, as issued.
Pedley, M.S. #20 (earlier state only)
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.