A beautiful example of Rigobert Bonne's 1783 decorative map of the lands of the Bible's New Testament. Bonne's map covers from Italy eastward to include the eastern Mediterranean, parts of Africa, egypt, Persia, Arabia and Asia Minor. It includes both the Black Sea (Pont-euxin) and the Caspian Sea (Mer Caspienne). Numerous Biblical sites noted throughout. An inset in the lower left quadrant details the city of Jerusalem in the times of Jesus Christ. The Temple, the Fort of Sion, the Palace of Solomon, the Mount of Olives, and many other well-known Biblical sites are identified. A second inset in the lower right quadrant focuses on Judea under King Herod. A decorative baroque title cartouche appears at the bottom center. Drawn by R. Bonne in 1783 for issue as plate no. 36 in Jean Lattre's 1783 final issue of the Atlas Moderne.
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. Learn More...
Jean Lattré (170x - 178x) was a Paris based bookseller, engraver, globe maker, calligrapher, and map publisher active in the mid to late 18th century. Lattré published a large corpus of maps, globes, and atlases in conjunction with a number of other important French cartographic figures, including Janvier, Zannoni, Bonne and Delamarche. He is also known to have worked with other European cartographers such as William Faden of London and the Italian cartographer Santini. Map piracy and copyright violations were common in 18th century France. Paris court records indicate that Lattré brought charges against several other period map publishers, including fellow Frenchman Desnos and the Italian map engraver Zannoni, both of whom he accused of copying his work. Lattré likes trained his wife Madame Lattré (né Vérard), as an engraver, as a late 18th century trade card promotes the world of 'Lattré et son Epouse.' Lattré's offices and bookshop were located at 20 rue St. Jaques, Paris, France. Later in life he relocated to Bordeaux. Learn More...
Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre, c. 1783.
Very good condition. Original centerfold exhibits light toning. Blank on verso. Some spotting.
Rumsey 2612.084. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215. British Libarary (World), col. 384-385 (1762-1785 eds.).