|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Dimensions||210 x 317 mm|
A small map of North America, drawn just prior to the significant exploratory efforts of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The western coast has been primitively represented, and the map is missing San Francisco Bay and Alaska. Map covers the entire continent from the high arctic to Central America, the Caribbean and the Spanish Main. From Guillaume Thomas Raynal's 'Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre', first published in 1870.
A major cartographer of the late 18th century, Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795) was Royal Cartographer to France, succeeding Jacques Nicolas Bellin in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Bonne produced some of the most detailed and precise maps of the period. Bonne's maps represent a departure from the more decorative maps of the previous century, and although much of Bonne's cartographic style can be traced to his predecessor, Bellin, Bonne maps are generally less decorative, characteristically lacking ornate cartouches, compass roses, or contemporary hand colour.
Condition: Vertical folds as issued. Time toning and surface dirt, some foxing.