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Stock# 58853

Striking map of Sicily, Naples and contiguous islands, with a large inset of Malta, from an early edition of DeVaugondy's Atlas Universel.

Includes towns, mountains, rivers, lakes and a host of other details. Decorative Cartouche. De Vaugondy's atlas was one of the most successful and enduring works of the second half of the 19th Century.

Pedley, Bel et Utile #361.
Didier Robert de Vaugondy Biography

Didier Robert de Vaugondy (ca. 1723-1786) was the son of prominent geographer Gilles Robert de Vaugondy and Didier carried on his father’s impressive work. Together, they published their best-known work, the Atlas Universel (1757). The atlas took fifteen years to create and was released in a folio and ¾ folio edition; both are rare and highly sought-after today. Together and individually, father and son were known for their exactitude and depth of research.

Like his father, Didier served as geographer to King Louis XV. He was especially recognized for his skills in globe making; for example, a pair of his globes made for the Marquise de Pompadour are today in the collection of the Municipal Museum of Chartres. Didier was also the geographer to the Duke of Lorraine. In 1773, he was appointed royal censor in charge of monitoring the information published in geography texts, navigational tracts, and travel accounts.