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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. - Main View

1771 Bonne Map of Russia (2 maps)


An incredibly detailed depiction of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Siberia - includes a hint of the coast of Alaska!


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)     17 x 12.5 in (43.18 x 31.75 cm)     1 : 13000000


This is a 1771 Rigobert Bonne map of Russia. On two sheets, the map depicts from the Baltic Sea to Siberia and the Bering Strait, and from the Arctic Ocean to the Caspian Sea, Sakhalin and Kamchatka. Drawn in extraordinary detail, the myriad rivers and mountain ranges present in this vast country are labeled. Eastern Europe is divided into several different regions and principalities, while the expanse of Siberia stretches across three quarters of the two pages. The extreme eastern coast of Siberia clearly exhibits information gathered by the explorations of Vitus Bering and Tschirikow, especially regarding Kamchatka and the Bering Strait. A mysterious land mass (clearly North America) is noted beyond the Siberian mainland with a note 'Cote decouv. en 1730' (coast discovered in 1730). A decorative baroque title cartouche is situated in the center where the two maps meet, or on the top right and top left, respectively.

Drawn by Rigobert Bonne in 1771 for issue in Jean Lattre's 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. More by this mapmaker...

Jean Lattré (170x - 178x) was a Paris based bookseller, engraver, globe maker, calligrapher, and map publisher active in the mid to late 18th century. Lattré 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 Lattré 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. Lattré likes trained his wife Madame Lattré (né Vérard), as an engraver, as a late 18th century trade card promotes the world of 'Lattré et son Epouse.' Lattré's offices and bookshop were located at 20 rue St. Jaques, Paris, France. Later in life he relocated to Bordeaux. Learn More...


Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre Par Plusieurs Auteurs, Paris, 1762.    


Very good. Blank on verso. 2 maps. Measurement is for 1 map.


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