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    Rigobert Bonne's "Atlas of All Known Parts of the Globe," including Twenty-Five Double-Page
    Engraved Maps Relating to America

    [Rigobert Bonne, cartographer]. Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre, dressé pour l'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Établissemens et du Commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes. [N.p.: n.d., Geneva: Chez Jean Leonard Pellet, 1782?]. Atlas volume originally issued to accompany the ten-volume Geneva 1780 edition of Guillaume-Thomas-François Raynal's Histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens et du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes (first published in four volumes in Amsterdam in 1770; published in English in London in 1798 as A Philosophical and Political History of the Settlements and Trade of the Europeans in the East and West Indies). Quarto (approximately 9.5 x 8 inches; 243 x 204 mm.). 22, [2, blank] pages of explanatory text ("Analyse succincte de cet atlas") by Rigobert Bonne. Signatures: A-C4 (C4 blank). Fifty double-page engraved maps (map No. 1, "l'Ancien Monde et le Nouveau en deux Hemispheres" double-page and folding), numbered 1-17, 17bis, 18-49. The map sheets measure approximately 9.5 x 14.125 inches; 243 x 359 mm. All maps mounted on guards. All but one map (No. 2, "Planisphere, suivant la projection de Mecator [sic]") signed: "Par M. Bonne, Ingénieur-Hydrographe de la Marine." Decorative woodcut head-pieces and tail-piece. Title from half-title leaf. List of maps within double-rule border. This edition without the twenty-three folding letterpress statistical tables found in some editions of the atlas.
    Contemporary calf with gilt triple fillet border on covers; marbled endpapers; edges stained red. Light blue silk ribbon bookmark between map Nos. 4 and 5. The binding has all but perished, with the spine cracked and separating in places, and the covers, endleaves, text leaves, and first few maps detached. First leaf (half-title) with three-and-one-half-inch horizontal tear along the top chain line, not affecting any text. A few small tears or holes in the gutter margin of the last few leaves of text and the mounts of several maps. Map No. 13 with neat repair on the verso of each leaf at fold, affecting a small area of the map near the upper edge, and with four sewing slits and glue residue at outer edge of first leaf, where it was apparently once bound in; additional strengthening on verso of first leaf of No. 14 (with no evidence of repair on map). Occasional light foxing and browning; a few maps with faint offsetting from one page to the other; small area of very slight discoloration (dampstain?) in lower portion of No. 12; small stain in blank portion of No. 19. Small black ink spot affecting one letter in the caption "I. de la Barbaude" on No. 49; Nos. 1 and 43 each with a small ink spot in blank portion of map. A small insect had the misfortune of becoming trapped in the upper corner of No. 40, concealing one letter in the headline. Very slight vertical fold line visible on a few maps. This is an excellent candidate for rebinding, with the text and maps generally clean and in very good condition. Eighteenth-century bookplate on front pastedown: Bibliotheque de M. de Vidampierre.

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    French hydrographer and engineer Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795) was one of the most important cartographers of the late eighteenth century. In 1773, he succeeded Jacques-Nicolas Bellin as Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Working in his official capacity as Royal Cartographer to France, Bonne compiled some of the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. His maps represent an important step in the evolution of cartography, away from the decorative features of the seventeenth- and early eighteenth-centuries. Bonne provided maps for a number of atlases in addition to the Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre, including the Atlas maritime (1762); Atlas moderne (1776); Atlas portatif (1783); and Atlas encyclopédique, with Nicolas Desmarest (1787-1788). See Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Revised Edition (2001), A-D, page 163.


    This atlas contains two world maps and maps of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as regional maps. Twenty-five maps (Nos. 1, 2, 25-41, and 44-49) relate to the Americas.


    Phillips 652 (describing the 1780 edition, with collation: "2 p. l., 28 pp., 50 maps, 23 tab."); Sabin 68081 (describing eleven editions between 1780 and 1798).


    "Liste des Cartes contenues dans cet Atlas" (pages [3]-[4]):

    1. L'ancien Monde & le Nouveau, en deux hémisphères.

    2. Planisphere, suivant la projection de Mercator.

    3. L'Europe.

    4. L'Asie.

    5. L'Afrique.

    6. L'Italie.

    7. La Turquie d'Europe, & celle d'Asie, &c.

    8. Les Royaumes d'Espagne & de Portugal.

    9. Les isles Canaries, avec celles de Madere & de Porto-Santo.

    10. La haute & basse Guinée.

    11. Le Canal de Mosambique, &c.

    12. Partie supérieure de l'Inde en-deçà du Gange, &c.

    13. Partie inférieure de l'Inde en-deçà du Gange, &c.

    14. L'Arabie, le Golfe Persique & la Mer Rouge, avec l'Egypte, la Nubie & l'Abyssinie.

    15. Les isles de la Sonde & les isles Moluques.

    16. L'Empire de la Chine, la Tartarie Chinoise, & le royaume de Corée, avec les isles du Japon.

    17. La Hollande, prise en général, ou les sept Provinces-Unies des Pays-Bas.

    17 Bis. Les isles Britanniques, &c.

    18. La Perse, la Géorgie & la Tartarie indépendante.

    19. La France, par généralités.

    20. Les isles de France, de Bourbon & de Rodrigue, en général et en particulier.

    21. Le Nord de l'Europe, contenant, &c.

    22. L'Allemagne, la Bohême & la Hongrie, &c.

    23. Les isles Philippines, &c.

    24. L'Empire de Russie, en Europe & en Asie.

    25. L'Amérique Septentrionale.

    26. Les isles Antilles & le Golfe du Mexique.

    27. Partie méridionale de l'ancien Mexique ou de la Nouvelle-Espagne.

    28. Le Nouveau-Mexique, avec la partie septentrionale de l'Ancien, &c.

    29. L'Amérique Méridionale.

    30. Le Pérou, &c.

    31. Le nouveau royaume de Grenade, la Nouvelle-Andalousie & la Guyane, &c.

    32. La Guyane Françoise, avec partie de la Guyane Hollandoise.

    33. Le Chili, depuis le Sud du Pérou jusqu'au cap Horn, &c.

    34. Partie méridionale du Brésil.

    35. Partie septentrionale du Brésil.

    36. Les isles Antilles, &c.

    37. L'isle de Saint-Domingue.

    38. L'isle de la Jamaïque.

    39. L'isle de Cuba.

    40. Les isles de la Guadaloupe, de Marie-Galante, de la Desirade & celle des Saintes.

    41. L'isle de la Martinique.

    42. Partie septentrionale d'Afrique, ou la Barbarie, &c.

    43. Partie occidentale de l'ancien continent, depuis Lisbonne jusqu'à la riviere de Sierra-Léona, &c.

    44. L'isle de Terre-Neuve, l'Acadie ou la Nouvelle-Ecosse, l'isle Saint-Jean, & la partie orientale du Canada.

    45. Partie occidentale du Canada, contenant les cinq grands lacs du Canada, &c.

    46. La Louysiane & la Floride.

    47. La partie Nord des Etats-Unis de l'Amérique septentrionale.

    48. La partie Sud des Etats-Unis de l'Amérique septentrionale.

    49. Supplément pour les isles Antilles.


    French historian and philosopher Guillaume-Thomas-François Raynal (known as Abbé Raynal, 1713-1796) first published his multi-volume history of the settlements and trade of the Europeans in the East and West Indies in 1770, with the assistance of various other philosophes, including Denis Diderot. The Histoire went through many editions, being revised and augmented in 1774 and 1780 by Raynal; it was translated into several European languages, and appeared in various abridgments. "Its introduction into France was forbidden in 1779; the book was burned by the public executioner [in 1781], and an order was given for the arrest of the author, whose name had not appeared in the first edition, but was printed on the title page of the Geneva edition of 1780" (1911 Eleventh Edition of The Encyclopaedia Britannica). Bonne's Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre was first issued with the 1780 Geneva edition.

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