Bonne, Rigobert

Antique miniature nautical chart of Brittany, France


Suite des Costes de Bretagne par M. Bonne


Fine antique miniature nautical chart of the coast of Brittany, France (Bretagne) in the northwest of that country. Coverage on this attractive miniature sea chart includes Île-de-Bréhat, Morlaix, Ushant, Brest, l'Orient, Port Louis, and Quiberon.

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 provided; hazards and sand banks are clearly identified; and rhumb lines are provided with a 19 degree compass adjustment for magnetic variation. Unlike other charts in the series, on this particular miniature chart Bonne provides very little detail about the interior topography and geography of Brittany.

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. 4.

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. No major issues whatsoever. 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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