1780 Raynal and Bonne Map of Germany, Bohemia, and Poland
Description: A fine example of Rigobert Bonne and Guilleme Raynal’s 1780 map of Central Europe. Roughly covers Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Gulf of Venice and from France to Transylvania and Lithuania. Includes the modern day nations of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Rumania, and adjacent parts of Italy, the Balkans, and Russia. Drawn by R. Bonne for G. Raynal’s Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, Dressé pour l'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes.
Date: 1780 (undated)
Source: Raynal, G., Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, Dressé pour l'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes, 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 9 in height x 13 inches in width (22.86 x 33.02 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original centerfold. Platemark visible. Blank on verso.
Code: Allemagne-bonne-1780 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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