An attractive late 18th century double-hemisphere map of the World which was produced by Rigobert Bonne for Abbe Grenet’s Atlas Portatif Á L’Usage Des Colleges, Pour Servir Á lLIntelligence Des Auteurs Classiques (Paris, 1782). Interesting features include the mistaken belief that Tasmania was joined to mainland Australia, Greenland was connected to Canada, and a north west passage existed between Hudson Bay and the North Pacific.
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 later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 32.9cms by 22cms.
- The engraving is in very good condition with decent margins. The are a couple of ‘wormholes’ in the bottom margin away from the printed area. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 230 years old.