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Auction 174, Lot 455

"Imperium Caroli Magni Occidentis Imperatoris Complectens Galliam, Marcam Hispanicam, Baleares Insulas Corsicam, Italiam...", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Western Europe

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

21.6 x 18.8 inches
54.9 x 47.8 cm
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This is the first state of 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. The map was engraved by Delahaye, and the cartouche is the work of Haussard.

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+

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a Society of Jesuits watermark and a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin. There is minor soiling and a few mildew spots around the centerfold at top and in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/11/2019