1783 Bonne Map of India, Southeast Asia and The East Indies (Thailand, Borneo, Singapore)
Les Indes Orientales et leur archipel. Assujettie aux observations astronomiq(u)es combinees avec les itineraires anciens et modernes, et avec les routes des navigateurs.
12.5 x 18 in (31.75 x 45.72 cm)
A beautiful example of Rigobert Bonne's 1783 map of India, Southeast Asia and the east Indies. The map covers from Kandahar and the Maldives eastward to include all of India, Southeast Asia (modern Burma, Thailand or Siam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos), the east Indies (Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Celebes) and the Philippines. It also includes much of Tibet. Bonne identifies countless cities, rivers, waterways, and states throughout the region. Names the Singapore Straight as 'Sin Capura.' Vietnam is divided into the kingdoms of Tonkin and Chochinchine. Includes Bali, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Celebes, and the southern tip of Formosa or Taiwan. Drawn by R. Bonne in 1783 for issue as plate no. 26 in Jean Lattre's 1783 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.
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. 1783.
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 2612.052. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215.