Etats Unis de l'Amerique. - #2154

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DATE: 1783

MAP MAKER: Rigobert Bonne

SIZE: 17 3/8" X 11 1/2".

PRICE: $525.00


Rigobert Bonne; 1729-1793.

Bonne, a trained mathematician, was appointed Hydrographer to the King. He took over the responsibility of the French Hydrographic Institute ("Dépôt de la Marine") after the death of Bellin in 1772. This position enabled Bonne to an unparalleled access to prime mapping data, which he could use successfully for his own private business interests.
He followed in the steps of the French school of cartographic minutiae and geographic accuracy. As such he produced, often in collaboration with other mapmakers, a large number of excellent sea charts.
His name is generally associated with a type of equal area projection he often used after 1757.
Of note, his participation (with Janvier and Rizzi-Zannoni) to Jean Lattré's 1762 "Atlas Moderne". But he is most well known for the wealth of maps he prepared for Guillaume Thomas François Raynal's "Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre" (1780), and also for Nicolas Desmaret*'s "Atlas Encyclopédique" (1787, re-issued in 1827).
* Desmaret: of engineering fame for the first recorded design of a undersea tunnel between France and England in 1751.

Etats Unis de l'Amerique.

This map (17 3/8" X 11 1/2") was originally produced for the 1762 "Atlas Moderne". This book included two maps describing North America, a first map showing mostly Canada, and a second one showing what will become the USA. Hence the original title for this map "l'Amerique Septentrionale 2".
To account for the results of the 1783 second Treaty of Paris (when the English Crown recognized the independence of the thirteen colonies), re-editions after 1783 were corrected and augmented with numerous maps of the new North American geography.
Strangely, the map makes also room for the future state of Maine (which will not gain statehood before 1820).
Note also that Vermont is still included in New Hampshire, it will be emancipated soon after in 1791 as the 14th state of the union).
Florida, returned to Spanish sovereignty, is still partitioned in two: East and West.
The peninsula coastline part is poorly delineated, and its hinterland is devoid of much details.
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