Rigobert Bonne. "Mappe-Monde sur le plan d'un Méridien. Hémisphère Occidentale".
From Bonne & Desmarest's Atlas Encyclopédique. Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1787-88. 13 1/2 x 9 1/2. Engraving by André. Hand color. Very good condition.
Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map of the Western Hemisphere shows much of both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well. Details of the Pacific, including Hawaii, reported from Cook's voyages, and an accurate depiction of NW North America (still hinting at a Northwest passage) is clearly presented, and fascinating to study. In the lower right, the most decorative element is a 16 point compass rose. This is a fine map of the American continents from close to the beginning of U.S. history.