PCT-61445

Antique Map of the Empire of China by Bonne (c.1780)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Horizontal crease below middle fold. Edges with a few tiny tears. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1780
  • Overall size: 26 x 38 cm.
  • Image size: 20.8 x 31.5 cm.
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.. Antique Map of the Empire of China by Bonne (c.1780)

Description: Antique map titled 'Carte de L'Empire de la Chine.' Decorative map of the Empire of China, depicting China, Corea ( Korea ), Japan, Tonquin and the Philippine island Lucon. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: 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.