Bonne, Rigobert

1787

Antique World Map of the Eastern Hemisphere including Australia

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Mappe-Monde sur le Plan d'un Meridien, Hemisphere Oriental

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Antique French map of the Eastern Hemisphere by cartographer Rigobert Bonne from Paris. Key features include a misshapen, elongated Australian continent, and Africa, China, and Europe. Significantly, no land mass is shown south of the Antarctic circle as the first sighting of land below 60 degrees south latitude did not occur until 1820.

The copper-plate engraving includes a very decorative compass rose: "Rose de Boussole avec les noms des Vents en usage sur le Ocean.", at left with all 32 compass points attributed to their named winds in the Ocean Sea (e.g., Nord, Sud, Est, Ouest, etc.)

Rigobert Bonne was the successor to Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. This engraved 18th-century plate was published in 1787 in Bonne's ATLAS ENCYCLOPEDIQUE CONTENANT LA GEOGRAPHIA ANCIENNE, ET QUELQUES CARTES SUR LA GEOGRAPHIE DU MOYEN AGE, LA GEOGRAPHIE MODERNE, ET LES CARTES RELATIVES A LA GEOGRAPHIE PHISIQUE…. . Plate 20.

CREATOR: Bonne, Rigobert

PUBLICATION DATE: 1787

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: World - Eastern Hemisphere

BODY OF WATER: Indian Ocean

CONDITION: Very Good.  Very clean and bright. On heavy chain laid paper with wide margins. A strong impression with prominent platemark.

COLORING: Modern handcoloring.

ENGRAVER: Andre

SIZE: 14 " x 9 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

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