Striking and highly detailed map of the region from Sumatra and Malaca and Southern China to the Philipines, New Guinea and Northern Australia, centered on Borneo. Includes a large inset of the Marianas. Wonderful early detail, derived from the Neptune Orientale, published by the French Hydrogrphical Department in the mid 18th Century. Large Decorative Cartouche. Pedley, Bel et Utile, #413. A bit of discoloration and staining near the cartouche and a narrow lower margin, else a nice example.
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.