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- Published: Paris
- Published date: 1753
- Issue date: 1753
- Type: map
- Technique: Copper engraving / hand colored.
- Category: Atlantic coast with La Rochelle
- Size: 48 x 58.7 cm (19 x 23 inches).
- Stock number: 34585
- Condition: A very good copy. On the full sheet as published, printed and published 1753.
Article descriptionOriginal antique copper engraving, handcolored in outline, when published. Detailled map by the French cartographer Sr. Robert de Vaugondy. The map pretty much to date on the newest cartographic sources for this period around 1752-55. This is a beautiful 1753 map of the Limousin, Marche and Auvergne regions of France by Robert de Vaugondy. It shows from La Chatre in the south to Domme and from Perigueux in the east to Le Puy, covering all or part of the departments Haute Vienne, Indre, Creuse, Puy de Dome, Cantal, Correze, Dordogne and Lot. The map depicts the entire region in exceptional detail, providing both topographic and political information, with forests and mountains beautifully rendered in profile. The Creuse Regilon is known for its crazy cider e made from Limousin apples and its internationally renowned Limousin beef. Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688–1766), also known as Le Sieur or Monsieur Robert, and his son, Didier Robert de Vaugondy (c.1723–1786), were leading cartographers in France during the 18th century. In 1757, Gilles and Didier Robert De Vaugondy published The Atlas Universel, one of the most important atlases of the 18th century. To produce the atlas, the Vaugondys integrated older sources with more modern surveyed maps. They verified and corrected the latitude and longitude of many regional maps in the atlas with astronomical observations. The older material was revised with the addition of many new place names. In 1760, Didier Robert de Vaugondy was appointed geographer to Louis XV. Gilles and Didier Robert De Vaugondy produced their maps and terrestrial globes working together as father and son. Globes of a variety of sizes were made by gluing copperplate-printed gores on a plaster-finished papier-mache core, a complicated and expensive manufacturing process, employing several specialists. In some cases it is uncertain whether Gilles or Didier made a given map. Gilles often signed maps as "M.Robert", while Didier commonly signed his maps as "Robert de Vaugondy", or added "fils" or "filio" after his name. The Robert de Vaugondys were descended from the Nicolas Sanson family through Sanson's grandson, Pierre Moulard-Sanson. From him, they inherited much of Sanson's cartographic material, which they combined with maps and plates acquired after Hubert Jaillot's death in 1712 to form the basis the Atlas Universel. Sources from the Dépôt de la Marine, the official French repository for maritime-related information, were used for their maps of Canada and South America. Like Ortelius and Mercator, the Vaugondy's credited their sources, which has greatly benefited the study of the history of cartography during that period. (Wikipedia)
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