Carte de la Californie Suivant

Interesting map depicting five separate cartographic perspectives of California from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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This map, published in Denis Diderot’s “Encyclopedie” from 1770-1779, shows five separate configurations of California on one sheet. Listed in the title cartouche are the sources for each: Mathieu Pecci’s map from 1604, Nicholas Sanson’s map from 1656, Guillaume de L’Isle’s map from 1700, Father Kino’s 1705 map and the Society of Jesuits map in 1767. One can clearly see how the mapping changed based on additional information gathered by Jesuit missionaries, particularly Father Kino, who ultimately disproved the notion that California was an island (a common cartographic misconception until that point). Changes along the coastline, updated islands in the gulf, and additional named locations are also reflective of the increased knowledge of the area as a result of exploration, trade and missionary work.
Didier, and his father Gilles, Robert de Vaugondy, were cartographers active in Paris through the majority of the 18th century and who focused largely on mapping information as accurately as possible based on scientific observation, often citing the sources used (such as in this map).

Map Details

Publication Date: Buy

Author: Didier Robert de Vaugondy

Sheet Width (in): 16.4

Sheet Height (in): 13.4

Condition: A

Condition Description: The map is in excellent condition, with a ragged upper margin and fold lines as issued

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