1780 Raynal and Bonne Map of Central Asia
Description: A fine example of Rigobert Bonne and Guilleme Raynal’s 1780 map of Central Asia. Focuses on the region once known as Tartarie Indépendante or Independent Tartary. This name was given to the great tract of land by Europeans in the middle ages, and included the land from the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains to China and India. This area was originally inhabited by Turkic and Mongol peoples of the Mongol Empire who were generically referred to as Tartars. This area includes the modern day countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Tibet, and China. Also includes the adjacent Caucases, located between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. 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: Georgie-bonne-1780 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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