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Stock# 61228
Description

Nice example of De Vaugondy's map of the English Colonies in America, extending south to South Carolina.

The map provides exceptional detail throughout, extending the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in the west. The map tracks the course of the Ohio from its confluence with the Mississippi to its headwaters in New York. The Old Northwest and Ohio are dominated by Indian tribes. The information used on this map was garnered from indigenous sources immediately prior to the commencement of the French and Indian War.

The map is especially noteworthy for its Trans Appalachian information. Extends north to Penobscot Bay and South to Wilmington/Cape Fear, with an inset extending to Amelia Island and Jacksonville (unnamed).

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.