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Claude Sicard's Map of Egypt

Detailed map of Ancient and Modern Egypt, published in Paris by De Vaugondy.

The map is based upon the reports of Father Claude Sicard (1677–1726), a French Jesuit priest and early modern visitor to Egypt, between 1708 and 1712.  Sicard produced the earliest known map of Egypt during his time as the Supervisor of the Jesuit Mission in Cairo.

Large decorative cartouche.


Condition Description
Two worm holes in left margin (the one at the top is quite long) and some minor toning.
Didier Robert de Vaugondy Biography

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.