Southern India and the Maldives.
1780 8.5 x 12.5 in (21.59 x 31.75 cm)
This remarkable map of South India, Ceylon (Sir Lanka), and the Maldives by the mapmaker Rigobert Bonne was made in 1780. Bonne was the successor to Bellin as head Engineer of the French Hydrographe del la Marine Department. Towns, churches, cities and mountains are depicted as miniature representations of themselves. This map is highly detailed and beautifully crafted.
Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795 ) was one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century. In 1773 he succeeded Jacques 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. 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 detail oriented and practical aesthetic. With regard to the rendering of terrain Bonne maps bear many stylistic similarities to those of his predecessor, Bellin. However, Bonne maps generally abandon such common 18th century decorative features such as hand coloring, elaborate decorative cartouches, and compass roses. While mostly focusing on coastal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal.
Very good. Original folds.