Auction 129, Lot 528

"Imperium Caroli Magni Occidentis Imperatoris…", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Western Europe

Period: 1752 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 18.8 inches
54.6 x 47.8 cm

This attractive and detailed map of Charlemagne's empire covers western Europe including part of the Balkans plus England and Wales. The outline color distinguishes the empire. Putti frolic in the foliage that makes up the large, decorative title cartouche. This map was the subject of controversy in a lawsuit between the engraver and publisher. Engraving was a time consuming and expensive process involving a cast of people and numerous steps. The testimony in this lawsuit highlights how easily errors were made on maps and how often they were left uncorrected; in this case due to delays in payment for the work.

References: Pedley #93 and pp 54-60.

Condition: B

Toned on centerfold.

Estimate: $150 - $200


Closed on 9/23/2009