De Vaugondy's scarce map of Baja California,Texas and the Southwest, is one of the few detailed regional maps of the period to focus on Texas and the Southwest.
The map appeared in DeVaugondy's Atlas Portatif. Despite the relatively small size, this is one of the more detailed maps 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.