Attractive antique engraved map of the "Southern Part of Peru", to translate the French title, published by the Vaugondy firm in Paris around 1749.
The map shows the "Audience de Los Charcas" and the "Audience de Lima", as well as the cities of Cusco and Potosi, and nearby mining regions.
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.