Lot 168 of 312:
The De Vaugondy Atlas Universel 1757-8  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$9,600
Estimate:
$15,000 - $25,000

Title:
Atlas Universel
Author:
Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles and Didier
Place:
Paris
Publisher:
Chez Les Auteurs [et] Boudet Librairie
Date:
1757-[1758]
Description:

Engraved pictorial title page + [2], 40 pp. preliminary text + 108 double-page copper-engraved maps hand-colored in outline; uncolored decorative cartouches. (folio) 55.3x42 cm (21¾x16¾"), period full mottled calf. spine tooled in gilt, raised bands, morocco lettering piece. 

Superb copy of the massive Atlas Universel of Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy, with the understated elegance typical of their craft, printed on fine, thick paper. The mapping of the European nations is quite detailed, with the various provinces, states and regions well-delineated, and there are maps of the continents, and details of non-European nations as well. Four of the maps relate to North America, and three of the maps to South American and the Caribbean. Included are the five maps of post-roads at the end which were sometimes not included. Each of the maps has the title stenciled on the verso at the top, and the number hand-inked on the verso at the lower corner of the first 103 maps, but not the five post road maps.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some fairly minor scuffing and wear to the covers; a few maps with mild vertical creases; else very good to fine.
 
Item number:
304401
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