Bonne, Rigobert

Antique miniature nautical chart of Belle Ile, France


Carte particuliere de Belle-Isle reduite sur celle de M. Paris


Fine antique miniature nautical chart of Belle Île (Belle-Isle), France in the English Channel off the French coast of Brittany. Coverage on this attractive miniature sea chart includes geographical and topographical detail within the four communes of Sauzon, Bangor, Le Palais, and Locmaria (Lomaria).

Despite its small size this scarce copper-plate engraving contains much of what is found on larger charts- numerous headlands are noted; depth soundings are numerous; hazards and sand banks are clearly identified; and rhumb lines are provided with a compass adjustment for magnetic variation.

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. 11.

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 for Raynal's Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, published in 1780.

CREATOR: Bonne, Rigobert



BODY OF WATER: English Channel

CONDITION: Good.  On strong, heavy solid paper with one vertical fold as issued. Small spot at top, no detracting from the chart's beauty.. 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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