ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, GILLES & DIDIER. Atlas universel... Paris: the author and Boudet, 1757[-58]. Contemporary mottled calf, all edges red. 21 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches (55 x 40 cm); engraved title, Avertissement leaf, 40 pp. text (including subscriber list), with the 108 double-page engraved maps colored in outline, as called for; additionally, this volume contains five additional maps of American interest that were bound in when the album was compiled. These include Anville Amerique Septentrionale 1746, two successive three-panel maps; Bellin Partie occidentale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada and the Partie orientale..., 1755; also his Carte de la Louisiane et des pays voisins. Also bound in is a Brion map of England and the adjacent French coast (map 15 bis). Binding scuffed and worn, joints cracked, holding on cords, maps labelled in ink on blank rectos, a few maps with creases from misfolding, occasional marginal soil, several maps with a marginal dampstain, but in all a sound, clean copy internally.
This important atlas was available by subscription, with some 1,118 copies in all issued. 103 maps (including 12 of ancient geography) were initially produced, and five additional maps (present here) of European post roads were subsequently made available at a price of six livres. The latest sources were consulted in order to enhance the accuracy of the maps; for example, the map of Virginia and Maryland is based upon the 1753 map by Fry and Jefferson (and is credited accordingly). In 1760 Didier Robert de Vaugondy was appointed Royal Geographer to the French court.
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