1771 Bonne Map of Central Asia

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Carte de la Tartarie Independante qui comprend le Pays de Calmuks, celui des Usbeks, et le Turkestan avec leurs dependances.
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1771 Bonne Map of Central Asia

Tartarie2-bonne-1770

Map depicting Central Asia from the Black Sea to China.

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Title


Carte de la Tartarie Independante qui comprend le Pays de Calmuks, celui des Usbeks, et le Turkestan avec leurs dependances.
  1770 (undated)    12.5 x 17.5 in (31.75 x 44.45 cm)     1 : 10400000

Description


A beautiful example of Rigobert Bonne's 1770 decorative map of Central Asia. Covers from the Black Sea south to China, north to Russia, and south to Persia and India. Includes the modern day nations of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, with parts of adjacent Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Names numerous tribal areas, villages, cities, deserts, Silk Route way stations, and river systems. A large decorative title cartouche in the lower left quadrant features articles supposedly common to the region. Drawn by R. Bonne in 1770 for issue as plate no. B 27 in Jean Lattre's 1776 issue of the Atlas Moderne.

CartographerS


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.

Source


Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre, c. 1775.    

Condition


Very good condition. Original centerfold exhibits minor toning. Blank on verso.

References


Rumsey 2612.060. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215.