Bonne, Rigobert

Miniature antique nautical chart of the Strait of Dover

Le Pas de Calais de Flandres de France et d'Angleterre

DESCRIPTION: Fine miniature antique nautical chart of the coasts near the Strait of Dover (Pas de Calais), the narrowest part of the English Channel. Coverage on this attractive miniature sea chart includes coastal France and England. Bonne shows a few towns on the English side of the channel including Hastings, Rye, Dover (Douvres) , Romney and Sandwich. On the French and Belgian side of the English channel Bonne locates numerous towns and villages including Ostend, Dunkirk, Calais, Boulogne, Etaples, Montreuil, Abbeville, Dieppe, and Fecamp.

Despite its small size this scarce miniature engraving contains most features found on larger sea charts- numerous headlands are noted; depth soundings are provided; anchorages, hazards and sand banks are clearly identified; and rhumb lines are provided with a 18 3/4 degree compass adjustment for magnetic variation. Unlike several other charts in the series, on this particular miniature chart Bonne provides very little detail about the interior topography of either England or France.

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. 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: Dover Strait

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

COLORING: Attractive original wash hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 4 "


PRICE: $160


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