|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Paris, c. 1778|
|Dimensions||341 x 233 mm|
A map of New Zealand based on Cook's survey, with four insets: Cook's Strait. Bay of Isles, Bay of Taye, Mercury Bay, and the Thames River. The map also includes Cook's mistakes: Banks Peninsula as an island and Stewart Island as a possible peninsula.
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: centre fold as issued, stain along left centre margin, and slight discolouration along top margin.