|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Dimensions||410 x 320 mm|
A pair of detailed eighteenth century French maps of India, north and south, printed on two sheets but now joined, from l'Abbé Raynal's 'Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, dressé pour l'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes.' The borders of the various territories are outlined in hand colour, and the dates and directions of the monsoon trade winds are shown as heavily fletched arrows. The map also encompasses parts of modern day Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Tibet, Bagladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. This printing lacks Bonne's imprint to the title blocks and has a slight variant in text, suggesting this may be a pirated copy or later issue.
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 his 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: Printed over two sheets and joined horizontally at centre. Central vertical folds as issued.