|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Par M. Bonne, Ingenieur-Hydrographe de la Marine [Paris, c.1783]|
|Dimensions||220 x 320 mm|
A detailed eighteenth century French map of the Arabian peninsula, from the second edition of 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 kingdoms and nations of the region are presented in full wash hand colour, and lakes and mountain ranges are picked out in hand colour as well. Along the right hand side of the map, above the boxed title, a series of scales provides distances in Egyptian, Arabic, and French miles.
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: Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor time toning and foxing to margins. Blank on verso.