"Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, Dresse Pour l'Historie Philosophique & Politique…", Bonne/Raynal
Period: 1780 (circa)
Color: Black & White
8.3 x 10.3 inches
21.1 x 26.2 cm
This is the atlas volume for Abbe Raynal's "L'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Etablissemens et du Commerce des Europeens dans les Deux Indes" and is filled with Bonne's well-drawn maps and charts engraved by Andre. Included are a title page, list of maps, Analyse Succincet de Cet Atlas (28 pp.), and 49 of 50 maps (missing only the Planisphere plate), The map contents include one world map, Europe, Asia, Africa, ten related to Europe, three related to Africa, two related to India, Arabia, the East Indies, the Moluccas, China, Persia, Philippines, Russia, six related to South America, several Caribbean charts, plus North America and those related: Mexico; le Nouveau Mexique; Terre-Neuve, Acadia...; Occidentale du Canada; Louisiana & Florida; Partie Nord des Etats Unis; and Partie Sud des Etats Unis.
In the North America map, the entire western part of the continent is left mostly blank. Indian tribes occupy the edges of the defined territory -- Apaches, Sioux, Outagamis, and Assenipouels. The British Colonies and a few major cities are named along the eastern seaboard and in the Great Lakes region. Alaska is shown as a group of islands, the largest of which is labeled Alaschka.
Quarter-calf over brown boards with gilt embossing, raised bands, and gilt title on spine. The atlas volume did not carry any publication information on the title pages, but was known to be published in 1780.
The majority of the maps are near fine with an occasional spot of foxing and minor toning along the sheet edges, away from the map image. Only a few of the maps have offsetting, including maps of Hungary, Russia and South America, which is unusual as offsetting is typically much more widespread in other examples of this atlas. Text and folding plates at the back of the volume have light toning and light scattered foxing. Covers have a few small abrasions, edges are bumped, and the back cover is starting.