Bonne Western Africa 1780


Rigobert Bonne.  “Partie Occidentale de L’Ancien Continent , depuis Lisbonne jusqu’a la riveiere de Sierra Leona” From Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe Terrestre. Paris: Rigobert Bonne, 1780. Engraving. 12 5/8 x 8 1/2. Very good condition.

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Rigobert Bonne (1727-95) was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map is a good example of his work, including precisely drawn coastal profiles and details, and considerable inland information on orography, rivers, towns, and political boundaries.