Le Nouveau Mexique, avec la Partie Septentrionale de l'Ancien, ou de la Nouvelle Espagne.
1780 8.5 x 12 in (21.59 x 30.48 cm)
This is a beautiful c. 1780 Bonne map of northern Mexico and Texas. Covers from the Pacific Ocean through Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to western Florida, extends north as far as the Mission of St. Jeronimo de Taos (just north of Santa Fe) and south as far as Guadalajara and the northern Yucatan. More specifically, this map includes the modern day regions of Baja California, northern Mexico and the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Depicts the region in considerable detail expecially in regard to place names, Indian villages, missions, and riverways. In the Texas region there appears a city of 'Texas,' presumably the old Mission de Los Tejas from which name 'Texas' is derived. Just to the east of this city there is a notation regarding the 1665 death of the explorer La Salle. In present-day Arizona, the Gila River is referenced as the 'Rio de los Apostolos.' This map is heavily based on the work of D'Anville and was issued as plate 28 in the 1780 edition of Bonne's important Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre.
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.
Fine or perfect condition. Wide clean margins. Original centerfold and platemark visible. Contemporary color. Blank on verso.
Burrus, E.J. pl.17; Lowery, W. 545; Phillips, P.L. (Atlases) 652-28; Wheat, C.I. (TM) 187.