1770 Bonne Map of China, Korea, Japan and Formosa

L'Empire de la Chine d'Apres L'Atlas Chinois avec Les Isles du Japon. - Main View

1770 Bonne Map of China, Korea, Japan and Formosa


East Asia at the end of the 18th century, just prior to pan-Asian opening to European trade.


L'Empire de la Chine d'Apres L'Atlas Chinois avec Les Isles du Japon.
  1770 (undated)     12.5 x 18 in (31.75 x 45.72 cm)     1 : 9300000


A beautiful example of Rigobert Bonne's c. 1770 decorative map of China, Korea (Coree), Japan and Formosa (Taiwan). The map depicts from Tibet and Chinese Tartary to Japan and from Chinese Tartary and Korea to Hainan and Vietnam (Tunquin). China is divided into various provinces with major cities, lakes, and river ways notes. Macao, Canton, Nanking (Nanjing), Jedo (Tokyo), Peking (Beijing) and countless other cities are labeled throughout the map. An elaborate title cartouche showing a Chinese scholar or monk relaxing with a bird in a forest under a parasol decorates the lower left corner.

This map was drawn by Rigobert Bonne c. 1770 for issue in Jean Lattre's 1776 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. More by this mapmaker...

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. 1775.    


Very good. Blank on verso. Original press mark visible.


Rumsey 2612.058. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215. OCLC 727081783.