1749 Vaugondy Map of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo (Haiti / Dominican Republic)

IsleSaintDomingue-vaugondy-1749
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L'Isle St. Domingue. Par le Sr. Robert de Vaugondy, Fils de Mr. Robert Geogr. ordin. du Roi.
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1749 Vaugondy Map of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo (Haiti / Dominican Republic)

IsleSaintDomingue-vaugondy-1749

Gorgeous hand colored map of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Title


L'Isle St. Domingue. Par le Sr. Robert de Vaugondy, Fils de Mr. Robert Geogr. ordin. du Roi.
  1749 (dated)    6.5 x 8.5 in (16.51 x 21.59 cm)     1 : 3800000

Description


This is a hand colored 1749 Didier Robert de Vaugondy map of the island of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo (Haiti / Dominican Republic). The map depicts the entire island of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo, along with the extreme eastern part of Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands (les Caiques), and the Inagua Islands (I. d'Inague). Port-au-Prince is labeled, although it is not bolded. Santiago (S. Yago) is labeled and, unlike Port-au-Prince, is bolded. Myriad rivers and streams are depicted, as well as numerous mountain ranges. Locations around the island, predominantly along the coast, are labeled, as well as Les grandes Prairies du Goave and the Plaine de S. Domingue.

This map was published by Gilles Robert de Vaugondy in his Atlas Universel, Portatif et Militaire in the 1749 edition.

Cartographer


Gilles (1688 - 1766) and Didier (c. 1723 - 1786) Robert de Vaugondy were map publishers, engravers, and cartographers active in Paris during the mid-18th century. The father and son team were the inheritors to the important Sanson cartographic firm whose stock supplied much of their initial material. Graduating from Sanson's map's Gilles, and more particularly Didier, began to produce their own substantial corpus of work. Vaugondys were well respected for the detail and accuracy of their maps in which they made excellent use of the considerable resources available in 18th century Paris to produce the most accurate and fantasy-free maps possible. The Vaugondys compiled each map based upon their own superior geographic knowledge, scholarly research, the journals of contemporary explorers and missionaries, and direct astronomical observation - moreover, unlike many cartographers of this period, they commonly took pains to reference their source material. Nevertheless, even in 18th century Paris geographical knowledge was severely limited - especially regarding those unexplored portions of the world, including the poles, the Pacific northwest of America, and the interior of Africa and South America. In these areas the Vaugondys, like their rivals De L'Isle and Buache, must be considered speculative geographers. Speculative geography was a genre of mapmaking that evolved in Europe, particularly Paris, in the middle to late 18th century. Cartographers in this genre would fill in unknown areas on their maps with speculations based upon their vast knowledge of cartography, personal geographical theories, and often dubious primary source material gathered by explorers and navigators. This approach, which attempted to use the known to validate the unknown, naturally engendered many rivalries. Vaugondy's feuds with other cartographers, most specifically Phillipe Buache, resulted in numerous conflicting papers being presented before the Academie des Sciences, of which both were members. The era of speculatively cartography effectively ended with the late 18th century explorations of Captain Cook, Jean Francois de Galaup de La Perouse, and George Vancouver.

Source


Robert de Vaugondy, G. Atlas Portatif, Universel, et Militaire (Paris: Vaugondy, Durand, Pissot) 1749.    

Condition


Very good. Blank on verso. Original pressmark visible.

References


Pedley, M. S., Bel et Utile, p. 215, 479.