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Description

Scarce Gilles Robert de Vaugondy map of the Iberian Peninsula and its vicinity published in Paris in 1742.

The map shows the Visigothic Kingdom in Spain and Gaul, probably at some point in the 7th or 8th century AD. Antiquarian maps of this subject are scarce.

Jean de Ferrars wrote a book on the history of Spain, which was translated into French and published in 1742 as Histoire générale d'Espagne, traduite de l'espagnol de Jean de Ferreras. 

Condition Description
Original hand-color in outline. Very minor toning.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy Biography

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.