1771 Bonne Map of Russia (2 maps)

Partie Occidentale de l'Empire de Russie, Extrait de l'Atlas Russien et d'autres Cartes. Partie Orientale de l'Empire de Russie, Extrait de l'Atlas Russien et d'autres Cartes.

1771 Bonne Map of Russia (2 maps)


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Partie Occidentale de l'Empire de Russie, Extrait de l'Atlas Russien et d'autres Cartes. Partie Orientale de l'Empire de Russie, Extrait de l'Atlas Russien et d'autres Cartes.
  1771 (dated)    27 x 18 in (68.58 x 45.72 cm)


A beautiful example of Rigobert Bonne's 1771 decorative map of Russia. On two sheets, covers from the Baltic Sea to Siberia and the Bering Straits, extends south as far as the Caspian Sea, Sakhalin and Kamchatka, extends north well into the Arctic. Details this fast region and its many complex river systems and mountains ranges. European Russia is divided into various smaller states including Kiev, Woronez, Bielogorod, Moscow, Astrakan, Kasan, etc. The extreme northeast clearly exhibits information gathered by the explorations of Vitus Bering and Tschirikow, especially with regard to Kamchatka and the Bering Strait. A mysterious land mass - clearly North America, is noted in beyond the Siberian mainland with a note 'Cote decouv. en 1730' (Coast Discovered in 1730). A decorative baroque title cartouche appears top center. Drawn by R. Bonne in 1771 for issue as plate nos. 22 and 22 A in Jean Lattre's 1776 issue of the Atlas Moderne.


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 DepĂ´t 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.

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. 1775.    


Very good condition. On Two sheets. Both sheets exhibit original centerfold. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 2612.044, 2612.045. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215. British Libarary (World), col. 384-385 (1762-1785 eds.).