Fine original antique map showing the political divisions and Roman roads of ancient France, published in Paris in 1738 by Gilles Robert de Vaugondy.
The map shows France in detail with both its ancient and modern place names. Major Roman roads are indicated. Rivers, mountains, lakes, and more appear throughout.
The map includes a decorative cartouche in the lower left corner. In the upper right, the map describes the history of Gaul and its divisions under Roman rule.
The map extends into parts of Italy, Spain, Great Britain, German, and Switzerland.
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.