Fine original antique map of Western Europe, showing the continent as it was during Roman times. The map is complemented by a wealth of information to the left, namely the political divisions of the Roman Empire in the region as they stood during the time of Julius Caesar.
The map names Roman regions, provinces, and cities. The geography seeks to represent what the Romans thought at the time, for example, Bohemia is encircled by mountains. Hadrian's Wall is shown in England. Detail fades to the east and south of the map.
This map was published by Robert de Vaugondy in 1742, updating an earlier map by Nicolas Sanson whom he credits.
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.