Carte Hydro-Geo-Graphique des Indes Orientales en deca et au dela du Gange avec leur Archipel Dressee et assujettie aux Observations Astronomiques.
1771 (dated) 25 x 34.5 in (63.5 x 87.63 cm)
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An uncommon example of Rigobert Bonne's 1771 map of the East Indies. Divided into four parts, the map covers from the Arabian Sea to the Philippines, and from Tibet and southern China to Java and Timor (Indonesia). It includes the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand), Laos, Tonkin (northern Vietnam), Cochin Chi (southern Vietnam), the island of Hainan, Formosa (Taiwan) and the Island of Luzon (northern Philippines). Notes Macao and Canton and shows, but does not label, Hong Kong Island. Similarly, Singapore Islands is shown but not labeled. The Strait of Singapore is labled, as are Jahor (Johr) and Malacca (Malaca). Tayoan (Taiwan) is noted on Formosa, but the term is incorrectly applied as, at the time, it refereed only to the Chinese western part of Formosa, as opposed to the tribal eastern portions of the island. Offers little inland detail with regard to China itself. Notes in the upper right hand corner comment on the Monsoons. Rhumb lines throughout. Arrows in the lower right show the direction of the prevailing trade winds according to season. A fine map of the region. Drawn by R. Bonne in 1771 for issue in Jean Lattre's 1778 edition 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.
Jean Lattre (fl. 1743 - 1793) was a Paris based bookseller, engraver, and map publisher active in the mid to late 18th century. Lattre 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 Lattre 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. Lattre's offices and bookshop were located at 20 rue St. Jaques, Paris, France.
Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre, c.1778.
Very good. Some toning and wear along original centerfold. Minor foxing. Original platemark visible. Size noted represents the total size of the four sheets, as shown. Individual sheets are about 12 x 1 6.5 inches.
Rumsey 2612.055. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215.