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Publisher: VAUGONDY, R. de
Title: Atlas Universel Par M. Robert Geographe ordinaire du Roy
Published: Paris, 1757

Size: 20.5 x 15.2 inches.
52.0 x 38.5 cm.
Colouring: In original o/l colours.
Condition:  Full contemporary calf, attractively gilted and tooled, relatively modest wear: engraved allegorical frontispiece, 2pp.advertisement, 33pp.108 maps with original outline color, stong impressions.
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First edition of one of the most important 18th century atlases and one of the great achievements of the French Enlightenment. The Atlas Universel is the prime exemplar of the authors' geographic ideal- bel et utile- beautiful and useful. According to Pledley The corpus of their maps displays the finest of eighteenth-century French engraving on copperplate with fine line work and lettering and cleverly designed cartouches which often represent the areas portrayed on the map. The Atlas Universel was published in two paper sizes: grand paper (21 x 30 inches) for 120 livres and petit paper (19 x 26 inches) for 96 livres..
The Vaugondy's employed strict standards for including maps in this atlas and in many cases subjected them to astronomically derived readings for latitude and longitude. Moreover, 'their frequent use of eighteenth century sources, often from the 1740s, provided their atlas with up-to-date information. Of American interest are included maps of Canada, Cours de l'Ohio, Virginia/Maryland, Amerique Meridionale, La Mer du Nord for these maps the Vaugondy's had access to sources held by the Depot de la Marine, the official French repository for maritime-related information.



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