Interesting postal map of France, from a later edition of DeVaugondy's Atlas Universel, revised by Charles Delamarche. Shows fortified cities, towns, rivers, castles, chruches, roads, woods, mountains, lakes, etc. Very detailed. Traces postal routes of mid-18th Century France. Includes large decorative cartouche. De Vaugondy's atlas was one of the most successful and enduring works of the 2nd half of the 19th Century. Pedley, Bel et Utile #66.
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.