Original antique map from the mid-18th century showing England and Wales. Attractively decorated, the map is colored by county and includes some further detail, including naming each county seat.
The map includes French-language text. The Irish sea is named the Channel of St. George, and all of England north of Chesterfields is denoted Northumberland. Hadrian's wall is shown. The map includes a title cartouche and was published by S. Robert de Vaugondy in Paris.
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.