Environs de Paris.
1780 (undated) 9.5 x 14 in (24.13 x 35.56 cm)
A rare and beautifully hand colored c. 1780 Bonne map of Paris and its environs. Covers from Poissy in the northwest to Ferolles in the southeast, and from Chateaufort in the southwest to Gonnesse in the northeast. Depicts roads, gardens, forests, churches, and estates surrounding the city proper. Engraved by Andre as supplement no. 121 for Bonne's Atlas.
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 condition. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Wide clean margins.