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.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688-1766) and Didier Robert de Vaugondy (1723-1786) were influential figures in the realm of 18th-century French cartography. Originating from Paris, their contributions to mapmaking were significant during an era of expansive geographical exploration.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy entered the world of cartography not through family tradition but through personal interest and the budding opportunities of his time. Born in 1688, he worked during a time when Paris was becoming a central hub for cartographic activities. Gilles often incorporated the latest findings from explorers into his maps, making them sought-after for their contemporary relevance. His connections weren't limited to his immediate circle; he frequently interacted with other key mapmakers, staying updated on the latest techniques and findings.
His son, Didier, was born in 1723 and had the advantage of growing up surrounded by maps and globes. While his father was renowned for maps, Didier made a name for himself in the field of globemaking. His globes were some of the most precise and detailed in France, gaining recognition even among the royalty. In addition to his work in cartography and globemaking, Didier had a keen interest in education, especially after the expulsion of the Jesuits from France. He stepped in to produce geographical educational materials, fulfilling a newfound need.
The maps and globes produced by the Vaugondys remain an enduring testament to the peak of French cartography during the Enlightenment. Their works, characterized by precision and the inclusion of contemporary findings, helped to shape our understanding of the world during a transformative period in European history.