Nice example of this scarce historical map of the Holy Land, showing the land promised to Abraham. The map was published in France by de Vaugondy in 1743.
The main map includes a detailed look at the Holy Land, divided according to the ownership of the Twelve Tribes. The detail is nice, with many mountains, cities, and Holy Sites developed throughout.
In the upper left an inset shows the "Carte des Voiages d'Abraham faits par l'ordre de Dieu, en Asie et en Egypte" or the travels of Abraham throughout Egypt and the Middle East. The map shows the Garden of Eden.
Another inset in the lower left shows the positions of the Twelve Tribes around the Temple.
There is an illustration of the Ark of the Covenant in the lower-right corner.
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.