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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 5:53 am 
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Hello Hikers,

I am interested in reviewing a book entitled Bel et Utile by Mary Pedley. It is a book about the French cartographic family of Vaugondy. All libraries are closed. I went to google books but the access is being blocked, probably by the author. The book was limited in its printing to 750 volumes. I can buy it from a supplier in England for $120.00 plus shipping. But do any of you know any on-line conduits to looking at this text? It is not part of the King County Library system. Thank you for any assistance.
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 6:45 am 
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Here are a list of libraries that have it. Nothing too local though. Perhaps an interlibrary loan can be arranged when and if things return to normal?

https://www.worldcat.org/title/bel-et-utile-work-of-the-robert-de-vaugondy-family-of-mapmakers/oclc/26304115?referer=di&ht=edition#borrow
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 8:24 am 
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Thank you for that link.
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 9:17 pm 
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...in addition to RichP's worldcat lookup...

The author may be able to be contacted directly:
https://clements.umich.edu/people/mary-sponberg-pedley/
She may know how to get ahold of a copy (that otherwise might not be listed for sale).
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If you want just the maps of de Vaugondy, Mary Pedley might know what areas of the world possess the actual collections of the physical maps and, either have, or have planned, to digitize them and make them available to the public.

(Even once an online digital location is suggested as a source, searching (or browsing) the collection can be a challenge of trail and error. Like the Library of Congress. When picking to search "digital collections", nothing comes up for "Vaugondy". Take off that restriction and search "Everything" and results come up.)
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Library of Congress (LOC) lists about 32 de Vaugondy related items (mostly [all?] maps) available online in pretty good resolution. Here's one of North America.

The Library of Congress search results not only show the 32 items "Available Online", but 95 items overall (does that include the 32 online bits? probably). These other hits that make up the 95 overall hits may just be references to items in their collections that will never be available online, or maybe they're on their list of things to digitize when they have time . . . (which is a long list, probably, like for most institutions . . . )

One of the non-digital-map LOC hits is a Oct. 1999 web page article citing new acquisitions in the LOC Geog. & Map Division . . . it mentions de Vaugondy, and also Jean Baptiste Fortin . . . and cites a comment by Mary Pedley on the acquisition. (Looks cool, but is it available online? e.g. digitized yet? It doesn't look like it, at a glance.) (The article is by James Flatness who is a cartographic specialist in the Geography and Map Division of the LOC. Flatness seems like a respectable name for a map specialist.)

The LOC will answer questions, too. The Geog. & Map division. My luck's been okay both w/phone & email. (Often the answer is "not in our collection" or "it hasn't been digitized yet". That saves time looking for it, if it's not there.)

It looks like the LOC has the book in their reference collection. Thus not loanable. (Do they loan books? Probably not.) And thus the LOC copy is not on worldcat.
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The Clements Library, where Mary Pedley works (Univ. of Mich.), shows ten results for online de Vaugondy maps in the Univ. of Mich. Clements Library Image Bank.

For a result, like this (which is a world map), right-click on the map and choose the image size to download.
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Here's a one-off hit at Wattis Fine Art. Only two. In color. Not super-high resolution.
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Again, Mary Pedley may know best what schools, libraries, etc. around the country possess the best collections of those maps, physical, digitized, or both. Or other off-the-radar ways to get ahold of her book.
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PostSun Mar 22, 2020 2:22 am 
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Mike, you've gotten some great help above from our community of hikers!

Just wanted to add a note that my own local library continues to accept interlibrary loan requests online.  And it is continuing to process them (library staff can do that from their homes, electronically), so that the requests will be waiting for you as soon as temporary library closures are over and normal services are restored.  It's a great service.

This time is a good opportunity to do such research!  Cheers!

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PostSun Mar 22, 2020 4:58 am 
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Thank you all for your help. I am appreciative of the knowledge base this forum offers.  The author's university address would have worked. I connected via LinkedIn. She was very helpful with providing a copy of the pages from her book which answered my questions. I contacted three libraries where the text is found but libraries everywhere are shut down and the skeleton crew did not have the resources to find the book and send me the copy. Reference librarians are a tremendous resource who have helped me ferret out material before.
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