De Vaugondy's scarce map of Baja California, Texas and the Southwest, one of the few detailed regional maps of the period, from DeVaugondy's Atlas Portatif. A bit of staining in the upper margin, else a nice example. Despite the relatively small size, this is one of the more detailed map of Texas and the Southwest during the period.
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.