Mappe-Monde sur le Plan d’un Meridien. Hemisphere Occidental

Lovely copperplate engraving of the Western Hemisphere by Rigobert Bonne.

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Description

Rigobert Bonne, who succeeded Jaques Nicholas Bellin as Royal Hydrographer in France, followed in the footsteps of his predecessor and focused on making practical maps with the latest available data. The scientific approach varied from early cartographers, who embellished maps with decorative elements and speculative information.

This map is no exception to that commitment to accuracy, highlighting Cook’s latest discoveries along the coast of Alaska and newly charted islands in the South Pacific. The mysterious “door” of the Northwest Passage is conclusively shut with a land bridge stretching across Baffin Bay. Flanking each side of the image of the Western Hemisphere are navigational diagrams – an elaborate 36 point wind rose along with an overview of the world’s climatic zones.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1788

Author: Rigobert Bonne

Sheet Width (in): 18.00

Sheet Height (in): 12.50

Condition: B+

Condition Description: The map is on a clean image with large margins (edges frayed).

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