Bonne’s Map of China


Carte De L’Empire De La Chine, De La Tartarie, Chinoise, Et Du Royaume De Coree: avec les Isles du Japon

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Bonne’s Map of China


BONNE, Rigobert


ANDRÉ, Gaspard


PELLET, Jean-Leonard

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23 x 34.5 cm

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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’.