Antique Print-GULF OF MEXICO-WEST INDIES-CARIBBEAN-Bonne-c. 1780

Price: € 174,50

Subject: Antique print, titled: 'Carte du Golfe du Mexique, pour Servir a l'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Etablissemens et du Commerce des Europeens dans les Deux Indes' - This map covers the Gulf of Mexico and the West Indies. There is sparse detail mostly confined to Hispaniola and the Windward Islands. Currents and wind directions are noted. Nicely engraved by Andre with a garland-draped title cartouche.
Condition: Good, given age. Light foxing and staining top margin. Original fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Medium: Engraving / etching with hand colouring on hand laid paper.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 31.5 x 21.2 cm. The image size is ca. 26.5 x 14.8 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 12.4 x 8.3 inch. The image size is ca. 10.4 x 5.8 inch.
Part Number: 58774
Location: (ISCRA) BG-B6-19
Description: Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Rigobert Bonne' after an anonymous artist. 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.