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Rigobert Bonne

Carte générale de L'Afrique

Par R. Bonne, Ingenieur-Hydrographe de la Marine. Decemb. 1780

Published: R Bonne, Paris, 1780

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Attractive, small 1780 map of Africa by the highly regarded French Hyrdographer, Rigobert Bonne.

This map was drawn by M. Andre and the copper-plate engraved by Perrier. The map was published in the 1780 edition of Atllas des toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre by Rigobert Bonne & Guillaume Raynal.

The prime meridian is through Ferro Island in the Canaries (used for many years as the prime meridian; the French King incoorrectly declared Ferro to be exactly 20 degrees west of Paris).

Established Portuguese settlements are depcietd, but not the Dutch settlement in the Cape. Lac Maravi is today's Lake Malawi and it is show although no European had yet explored or even seen the lake (its presence had been reported by Portuguese traders who also had not seen it). The grain, ivory and gold coasts are shown in the bluge of West Africa. The Blue Nile is correctly shown to arise in Ethiopia.

The imprint is dark, on heavy paper, the borders are wide and, overall, the map is in fine condition.

  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 38 x 27cm
  • Sold By: Roger Stewart Antiquarian
  • Contact Person: Dr. Roger Stewart
  • Country: South Africa
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