Gouvernement de Lorraine et celui D’ Alsace.
1780 (undated) 9.5 x 13.5 in (24.13 x 34.29 cm)
This is a beautiful 1780 map of the Alsace Lorraine region of France by the Royal Cartographer for France, Rigobert Bonne. Depicts the region in considerable detail and includes both political and topographical information. Prepared by R. Bonne and Desmarest for inclusion as plate no. 35 in the c. 1780 issue of their 'Atlas Encyclopedique....'
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.
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Wide clean margins. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.