Robert de Vaugondy’s Map of the Empire of CharlemagneSKU: 8806
Robert de Vaugondy’s Map of the Empire of Charlemagne
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48.5 x 56.5 cm
Imperium Caroli Magni occidentis Imperatoris complectens Galliam, Marcam Hispanicam, Baleares insulas, Corsicam, Italiam Vulturnum usque et Ausidum fluv?, Istriam, Liburniam, Dalmatiam, Rhaetiam, Vindeliciam, Noricum, et quidquid Germaniae a Rheno ad Oderam usque et Mare Balticum, protenditur.
Copper engraving, 48.5 x 56.5 cm, engraved by Guillaume de la Haye, original hand colour in outline, blank verso. The second state of Robert de Vaugondy’s map of the Empire of Charlemagne.
The original date and privilege have been burnished from the plate, and the name of one of the Haussard sisters has been replaced by Groux as engraver of the cartouche. Both the identity of Groux, and why his name was added to cartouches which were otherwise unaltered, remains mysterious (Pedley p. 67). The engraving of corrections to this particular map led to a lawsuit between the engraver and the original publisher, Antoine Boudet (Pedley p. 54). Pedley, Bel et Utile: the Work of the Robert de Vaugondy Family of Mapmakers, 93 (2).