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1787 Bonne Map of the Dispersal of the Sons of Noah


1787 Bonne Map of the Dispersal of the Sons of Noah




Mappa Dispersus Filiorum Noemi
  1787 (undated)     11 x 16 in (27.94 x 40.64 cm)


This is a 1787 Rigobert Bonne map of the Dispersal Sons of Noah. The map covers the area between Arabia, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Focuses on the territory occupied by modern day Libya, Eygpt, Arabia, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Shows the dispersal, following the Biblical Flood, of the three sons Shem, Ham and Japeth, and their descendents: Elam, Ashur, Aram, Arpachshad (Arphaxad) and Lud from Shem; Cush, Mizraim (Mesraim), Phut, and Canaan from the Ham; and the sons of Japeth: Gomer, Magog, Madai (Media), Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras. Includes four scales in the bottom left quadrant and two scales in the lower right quadrant. Minor topographical detail shown in profile.


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.


Very good condition.