Bonne, Rigobert

Miniature antique nautical chart of the Gulf of Lyon

Costes du Roussillon et du Languedoc avec une partie de celles d'Espagne et de Provence

DESCRIPTION: Fine miniature antique nautical chart of the Gulf of Lyon and the French coast of the regions of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. Numerous towns and villages are identified by name, including Perpignan, Narbonne, Beziers, Agde, Sete (Cette), Montpellier, Arles, Aix, la Ciotat, Cassis, and Marseilles. The chart ends to the east near the resort town of Six Fours les Plages. Small coverage of Spain includes Roses.

Despite its small size this scarce miniature engraving contains most features that appear on larger sea charts- numerous depth soundings are provided; navigational hazards and sand banks are clearly identified; and rhumb lines are provided with a 18 degree compass adjustment for magnetic variation. Bonne provides very little detail about the interior topography.

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 of France 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. 2.

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.

CREATOR: Bonne, Rigobert



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Lyon

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

COLORING: Attractive original wash hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 4 "


PRICE: $135


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