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 unparallel 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
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 tunnel between France and England in 1751. nd Whittle.
Les isles Philippines, celle de Formose, et le sud de
This map (12 ½" X 8 5/16") was originally prepared for the
1780 of "Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre".
On the top right two insets show: the Mariana archipelago,
and separately its main island of Guam. The map shows all
the territories around the south China sea including Taiwan,
the Philippines, parts of Borneo and of the Malaysian peninsula,
the whole Indo-China and the south of China.
Notice the arrows standing for the dominant monsoon winds;
southwestward from October to January, and northeastward from
April till August.
Longitudes are given east of Ferro on top, and east of Paris
at the bottom.
No text on verso.