Bonne, Rigobert

Antique miniature chart of the coasts of Normandy and Brittany


Partie des Costes de Normandie et de Bretagne avec les Isles Jersey, Grenesey et Aurigny par M Bonne…


Fine antique miniature nautical chart from 1778 of France's Normandy and Brittany coastline along the English Channel. Coverage at sea includes the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, and Alderney. Ports and towns shown include St. Malo, Avranche, Cherbourg, Barfleur, Bayeux, Caen, Havre du Grace (La Havre). This scarce chart was published during the golden age for miniature maps and is one of the few miniature charts printed during that period.

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 miniature charts published in the Atlas Maritime. Published by Lattre from Paris. With the royal privilege. No. 3.

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: English Channel

CONDITION: Very Good.  On strong, heavy solid paper with one vertical fold as issued. A few small spots. Trace of binder's stub on verso. Slight, attractive age toning.

COLORING: Attractive original wash hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 4 "




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