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1780 Bonne Map of Naples in Southern Italy

Partie Septentrionale du Royaume de Naples. - Main View

1780 Bonne Map of Naples in Southern Italy


Southern Italy.


Partie Septentrionale du Royaume de Naples.
  1780 (undated)     9.75 x 13.75 in (24.765 x 34.925 cm)     1 : 1700000


This is a c. 1780 Rigobert Bonne map of the Kingdom of Naples and southern Italy. Depicting from Aquapendente south to Roscano, cities and towns are labeled, including Naples, Rome, Brindisi, Amalfi, and Salerno. Mt. Vesuvius is illustrated although Pompeii is not identified.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Rigobert Bonne, engraved by André, and published c. 1780. We note two separate examples cataloged in OCLC: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Universitätsbibliothek Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Appears from time to time on the market.


Rigobert Bonne (October 6, 1727 - September 2, 1794) was one of the most important French cartographers of the late 18th century. Bonne was born in Ardennes à Raucourt, France. He taught himself mathematics and by eighteen was a working engineer. During the War of the Austrian Succession (1740 - 1748) he served as a military engineer at Berg-op-Zoom. It the subsequent years Bonne became one of the most respected masters of mathematics, physics, and geography in Paris. In 1773, Bonne succeeded Jacques-Nicolas 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 - most on an equal-area projection known erroneously as the 'Bonne Projection.' 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 scientific and practical aesthetic. While mostly focusing on coastal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal. Bonne died of edema in 1794, but his son Charles-Marie Rigobert Bonne continued to publish his work well after his death. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Deckled edges.


OCLC 643736169.