Striking double hemisphere map of the world, revised to include the recent discoveries of Captain James Cook in the Pacific, shortly prior to the discovery of the Hawaii (Sandwich Islands).
The map includes tracts of European voyages in the Pacific and elsewhere. Included are the notes of the voyages of Tasman, Le Maire, St. Louis, Vaisseaux, Anson, Cabadonga and others.
While many of the major discoveries in the Pacific are now shown, including a relatively accurate New Zealand, Australia and NW Coast of America, the details in these regions are far from accurately refined. A curious coastal outline is shown in the Antarctic and South Pacific, foretelling more discoveries in the Antipodes.
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.