Bonne’s Map of the Northern Region of South America

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Carte du Nouv. Rme.de Grenade de la Noule. Andalousie et de la Guyane, avec les Pays Limitrophes qui en sont au Sud.

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Title

Bonne’s Map of the Northern Region of South America

Mapmaker(s)

BONNE, Rigobert

Publisher

PELLET, Jean-Leonard

Place of publication

Geneva

Date of publication

1783

Colour

modern

Printed Area Measurements

21 x 31.5 cm

Full Description

Copper engraving, 21 x 31.5 cm, modern hand colour, blank verso. Map of the northern region of South America.

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. In context, a Geneva imprint makes a great deal of sense; 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”.