Fine original antique French map of Classical civilizations between Asia Minor and western Europe, prior to the growth of the Roman Empire.
The map is detailed and outlines various kingdoms, including those of the Gauls, Egyptians, and Greeks. An inset map in the lower left shows a detailed layout of Greece, with the ancient city-states all mapped. At the lower part of the map is a breakdown of the various civilizations of the area, showing which areas they controlled at the time.
This map was published in Paris by Robert de Vaugondy, one of the leading 17th-century French cartographers.
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.