Geneva: Pellet, 1780. 4to. With 50 double-page folding copper engraved maps. Contemporary blue paper-boards, gilt calf spine. An excellent copy with very clean maps. Item #16236
The maps only (lacking the title page and text) from Bonne’s famous world atlas. Bonne is responsible for the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. They include the newly formed United States of America, as well as specific areas such as Texas, Louisiana, Baja California, and parts of Florida and Northern Mexico, as well as Canada and Cuba. Bonne’s work marks an important step in the evolution of cartography from a decorative work towards a more detail oriented and practical aesthetic.
Bonne (1727-1794) was one of the most prominent cartographers of the late eighteenth century. He was appointed as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depot de la Marine (Department of the Navy).
Bound in before the atlas is the title page, text and one folding map from the 1808 edition of Recueil de cartes géographiques, plans, vues et médailles de l’ancienne Grèce by Barbié du Bocage, Jean-Jacques Barthélemy and Jean Denis Barbié du Bocage.