Paris: Rigobert Bonne, 1780.
Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 9 1/2 x 14 inches. Stains to lower margins.
This map of the West Indies is by one of the most significant French cartographers of the 18th century. Bonne has elegantly rendered the shape and detail of the coastlines, showing towns, ports, rivers, and some topographical features. Depicts trade winds and ocean currents throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795) was one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century. He served as Hydrographer to France, and during his term, he produced a number of detailed and useful maps, particularly of coastal regions. His work is often devoid of decorative cartouches and compasses roses and marks a turn in European mapmaking away from decoration toward technical mapping.