Map, North America, Amerique Septentrionale, Vaugondy, French, Antique Print, 18th Century
Amérique Septentrionale, dressée, sur les Relations les plus modernes des Voyageurs et Navigateurs, et divisée suivant les differentes possessions des Européens
[North America, drawn from the most recent accounts of the Voyagers and Navigators, and divided according to the different possessions of the Europeans]
from Atlas Universel
Robert de Vaugondy, Paris: 1750, 1757
22.5 x 18.25 inches, image
24.75 x 20.25 inches, overall
A mid-18th-century map of North America with outline coloring of various regions highlighting French, English, and Spanish colonial possessions. The map extends from portions of the Arctic and Greenland in the north to the northern coast of South America, encompassing present-day Mexico, Caribbean islands and Central America. A pictorial cartouche is embellished with a banana tree, a long-tailed birds, an alligator, and dark-skinned indigenous people (whose features and dress look more African than Native American). Physical relief is shown pictorially. The map was published by Didier Robert de Vaugondy (1723-1786) and Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688-1766). They were members of the Robert de Vaugondy family of map and globe makers to King Louis XVI. It is dated 1750, the first edition of this map, and was issued in Atlas Universel in 1757.
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Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, handling, wear. Some slightly greater toning to outer edges of margins where formerly matted, can be matted out. Central vertical fold, as issued, now flattened.
Pedley, Mary Sponberg. Bel et Utile: The Work of the Robert de Vaugondy Family of Mapmakers. Tring, UK: Map Collector Publications, 1992.
Wheat, Carl I. Mapping the Transmississippi West 1540-1861. San Francisco: The Institute of Historical Cartography. 129.