Bonne, Rigobert

Antique miniature chart of the Biscayan coast near Bordeaux, France

Les Costes de Saintonge et du Bourdelois…

DESCRIPTION: Fine antique French miniature nautical chart of the Bourdelois Coast of France near Bourdeaux, France, Cape Ferret, Blaye and the Gironde River.

From Rigobert Bonne's miniature nautical atlas "Atlas maritime ou Cartes réduites de toutes les Côtes de France avec des cartes particulières des isles voisines les plus considérables, suivies des plans des principales villes maritimes de ce royaume." One of 12 charts published in the Atlas Maritime which are considered to among the very few miniature nautical charts published during the golden age of miniature maps . Published by Lattre from Paris. With the royal privilege. No. 6.

This scarce miniature copper-plate engraving contains much of the same information found on larger charts- rhumb lines; an adjustment for magnetic variation; numerous depth soundings; headlands, capes, navigation hazards and sand banks that are clearly identified.

Rigobert Bonne (1727-1794) was the successor to Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Bonne first came to prominence when he published a number of charts in the Atlas Maritime in 1762. He is better known for later publications, including the Atlas Encyclopedique, which he collaborated on with Nicholas Desmarest, as well as the maps he produced for Raynal's Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, which was published in 1780.

CREATOR: Bonne, Rigobert



BODY OF WATER: Bay of Biscay

CONDITION: Very Good.  On strong, heavy solid paper with one vertical fold as issued. No major issues whatsoever. Slight, attractive age toning.

COLORING: Attractive original wash hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 4 "


PRICE: $120


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