PCT-57895

Antique Map of Tierra del Fuego by Bonne (c.1780)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Irregular edges as issued with an occasinal small tear. Two vertical creases near middle fold. Original middle fold as issued. Four tiny pinholes along the middle fold. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1780
  • Overall size: 47 x 31 cm.
  • Image size: 34.4 x 23.3 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'Extremite Meridionale de l'Amerique.' Copper engraved map of Tierra del Fuego and the Strait of Magellan with five detailed insets of the region showing soundings, anchorages, etc. Engraved by Andre. This map originates from 'Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre'. 

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.