‘Carte de la Partie Superieure de l’Inde en deca du Gange. Comprise entre la Cote du Concan et celle d’Orixa, avec l’Empire du Mogol, le Bengale, le R. d’Asham, partie de ceux d’Ava et de Pegu.’
Copperplate engraving / etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 27 x 41,5 cm. (10,6 x 16,3 inch). Image size: 21 x 31,5 cm. (8,3 x 12,4 inch).
This attactive map originates from: ‘Atlas de toutes les parties du Globe Terrestre …’, published by M. Bonne in Paris, c. 1780.
Made by an anonymous engraver after ‘ Rigobert Bonne’. 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.
Condition: Very good, given age. The rough edges of the original paper are still there; two brown stains in upper side, remains of previous soiling in lower margin, smudges in the margins, small tear in lower margin restored. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: MAP INDIA-GANGES-MOGOL-BENGALE-BANGLADESH-TIBET-CHINA