Copper engraving, 23 x 34.5 cm, engraved by Gaspard André, modern hand colour, blank verso.
Map Covering China, Japan, Korea and part of the Philippines. Our example of the map was published in a Geneva edition of Guillaume Thomas Raynal’s ‘Atlas de Toutes Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre…’, which accompanied Raynal’s fiercely anti-colonial ‘Histoire des deux Indes’. Raynal’s work was a great success, but the third revised edition of 1780 – for which the atlas was compiled – was banned in Bourbon France (it was burnt by the public executioner in May 1781) and Raynal himself was forced into exile. Bonne himself held a royal appointment, having succeeded Bellin as chief hydrographic engineer of the ‘Dépôt des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministère de la Marine’.