Bonne's Large and Elaborate Double-Hemisphere Map
"Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre Projettee & Assujettie au Ciel", Bonne, Rigobert
Period: 1788 (dated)
Color: Black & White
39.4 x 27.7 inches
100.1 x 70.4 cm
This very large, attractive double-hemisphere map of the world depicts Greenland and the Arctic attached to North America. In North America, a Northwest Passage connects Hudson Bay with the Pacific through a network of rivers and lakes. The United States is named and confined along the eastern seaboard, and the western region is mostly blank with a few place names including C. Mendocino and Pt. de Drake ou de St. Francois. Captain Cook's expeditions are prominently depicted with Alaska beginning to take shape. Tasmania is attached to Australia and both islands of New Zealand are depicted. Surrounded by elaborate decorative elements. This map has been listed only once in a dealer catalog in the last 30 years.
Light overall toning with minor soiling. There are archival repairs on verso to a long centerfold separation, chips adjacent to the centerfold, and numerous edge tears resulting in minor loss only in the decorative elements. A chip at bottom right has been replaced with old paper.