'L'EMPIRE DE LA CHINE d'apres l'Atlas Chinois, AVEC LES ISLES DU JAPON.' by R. Bonne / J. Lattre c.1780

'L'EMPIRE DE LA CHINE d'apres l'Atlas Chinois, AVEC LES ISLES DU JAPON.' by R. Bonne / J. Lattre c.1780
SKU: bolafm/chin/001

A finely engraved and attractive late 18th century map of China -- with Taiwan, Korea and Japan -- which was made by Rigobert Bonne and published in Jean Lattre's Atlas moderne ou collection cartes sur toutes les parties du globe terrestre par plusieurs auteurs (Paris: Lattre & Delalain, 1762-1791).

Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795) was one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century. In 1773, he succeeded Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Working in his official capacity, Bonne compiled some of the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. Bonne’s work represented an important step in the evolution of the cartographic ideology away from the decorative work of the 17th and early 18th century towards a more detail oriented and practical aesthetic. With regard to the rendering of terrain, Bonne maps bear many stylistic similarities to those of his predecessor, Bellin; however, Bonne maps generally abandon such common 18th century decorative features such as elaborate cartouches and compass roses. While mostly focusing on coastal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal.

  • This is an original copperplate engraving with original hand colour.
  • Printed area is approximately 44.7cms by 31.1cms.
  • The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centrefold, as issued. There is a ink smudge in the top border which is outside the plate mark. Click on image for a better view.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 200 years old.