Bonne, Rigobert

Isle de Re and Isle d'Oleron, France


Carte Particulere des Isles de Re et d'Oleron


Antique miniature nautical chart of the Atlantic west coast of France near Rochefort and la Rochelle. Includes the Isle de Re and the Isle d'Oleron. The Pertuis d'Antioche, a strait on the western coast of France lies between the two islands.

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. 12.

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: Pertuis d'Antioche

CONDITION: Fair.  On strong, heavy solid paper with one vertical fold as issued. Modest spotting and smudges.

COLORING: Original wash hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 4 "




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