Antique Map of the Strait of Magellan by Bonne (c.1780)

  • Technic:
  • Condition: Good, given age. A few miniscule wormholes beside the middle fold, hardly visible. Two light vertical creases left of middle fold. Some small unobtrusive spots. Slight toning near middle fold. 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: 41.8 x 29.4 cm.
  • Image size: 34.2 x 23 cm.

€ 169,50($ 199.48 / £ 154.77)

Description: Antique map titled 'Detroit De Magellan avec les Plans des principaux Ports, Bayes, & c. de ce Detroit.' Detailed map of the Strait of Magellan from Bonne's Atlas Supplement. Shows the direction of the currents, bays, points, soundings, harbours, islands, shoals, etc. Includes the best route throught the straits, as then known in the lat 18th Century. Includes 17 inset of various parts of the Straits, as well as soundings and other details. 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.