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Robert de Vaugondy: Isle Dauphine, Communement Nommee par les Europeens Madagascar, et St Laurens, et Par les Habitans du Pays Madecase

Map: AFR6082
 
Cartographer: Robert de Vaugondy
Title: Isle Dauphine, Communement Nommee par les Europeens Madagascar, et St Laurens, et Par les Habitans du Pays Madecase
Date: 1741
Published: Paris
Width: 18 inches / 46 cm
Height: 23 inches / 59 cm
Map ref: AFR6082
Description:
Beautiful copper-engraved map of Madagascar with only a vague outline of the western shore and most of the interior entirely unexplored. The Comoros islands and Reunion also appear on the map. Decorative elements include a compass rose, a delicately engraved sailing ship, and a large title cartouche depicting Malagasy men and women in local dress, surrounded by lush foliage. Yellow dotted lines divide the island into different provinces.

According to the map's title, much of the detail came from the account of √Čtienne de Flacourt, the French Governor of Madagascar from 1648 to 1655. Various unnamed English, Portuguese, and Dutch sources are also credited. The map was first issued by Guillaume Sanson in the 1660s, at which point it was the best and most accurate map ever published of the island. It remained the best available map of the island for decades, and there was clearly enough public interest in 1741 for Gilles Robert de Vaugondy to re-issue it almost 80 years later.

Original hand-colour. [AFR6082]