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1780 Bonne Map of Southern India, Ceylon, and the Maldives


Carte De la Partie Inferieure de L'Inde en Deca du Gange Contenant L'Isle de Ceylan, Les Cotes de Malabar et de Coromandel, avec le Pays compris entre ces Cotes.
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Title:    Carte De la Partie Inferieure de L'Inde en Deca du Gange Contenant L'Isle de Ceylan, Les Cotes de Malabar et de Coromandel, avec le Pays compris entre ces Cotes.

Description:    Attractive 1780 map of southern India by the French cartographer Rigobert Bonne. Covers from the Deccan plateau south as far as the Maldives and as far east as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Includes Ceylon or Sri Lanka. Shows the direction of the important Indian Ocean trade winds and their corresponding seasons. The regularity of the trade winds in the Indian Ocean generated active nautical trade routes well into antiquity. Published as plate no. L 3 in Bonne's 1780 Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre.

Date:    1780 (undated)

Source:    Bonne, R., Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, 1780.    

Cartographer:    Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795 ) was one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century. In 1773 he succeeded Jacques Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Working in his official capacity Bonne compiled some of the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. Bonne's work represents an important step in the evolution of the cartographic ideology away from the decorative work of the 17th and early 18th century towards a more detail oriented and practical aesthetic. With regard to the rendering of terrain Bonne maps bear many stylistic similarities to those of his predecessor, Bellin. However, Bonne maps generally abandon such common 18th century decorative features such as hand coloring, elaborate decorative cartouches, and compass roses. While mostly focusing on coastal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal. Click here for a list of rare maps from Rigobert Bonne.

Size:   Printed area measures 13 x 8.5 inches (33.02 x 21.59 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Contemporary color. Seems to have a double impression in upper quadrants - see zoom. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Wide clean margins. Pressmark visible.

Code:   IndiaSouth-bonne-1780 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)


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