CARTE DES ISLES DE LA SONDE ET DES ISLES MOLUQUES
Attractive late 18th century French map of South-east Asia and the Indonesian Archipelago engraved by Gaspard Andre and compiled by Rigobert Bonne who succeeded Jacques-Nicolas Bellin as Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine, Paris in 1773.
The map has arrows indicating the prevailing winds (monsoons) in the region during the different months of the year, with the north-west monsoon blowing between October and April and the north-east monsoon between May and September. In the south-west corner of the map is an inset of the clove-producing North Molucca Islands of Ternate, Tidore, Machian, Bachian Motir and Potterbackers. The map first appeared in the Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre published by Guillaume Raynal in 1780 .
Excellent hand colour
code : M3657
Cartographer : BONNE Rigobert
Date : 1780 Paris
Size : 22.5*33 cms
availability : Available
Price : £175
Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795), a prolific French cartographer, was active between about 1760 and 1788, working in the French Hydrographical Office, and appointed as Hydrographer to the French King.
Bonne prepared a large number of charts, some of which appeared in the Atlas Maritime. Today, he is best known for the smaller maps that he prepared for Raynal’s Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, published in 1780, and the Atlas Encyclopedique, published in conjunction with Nicholas Desmarest. Although the maps are relatively plain, dispensing with the decorative embellishment of mid-century, they are detailed and provide good coverage of newly discovered regions.