Rigobert Bonne. “Amérique Méridionale.” From Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe Terrestre. Paris, 1780. 12 1/2 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Some light transferring. Else, very good condition.
An original, eighteenth century map of South American by Rigobert Bonne. Bonne 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 of South America is a good example of his work, with impressive detail, including rivers throughout. Of not is the “L. Parime,” which is a non-existent lake in the interior of Guiana, a remnant of the legend of El Dorado.