1780 Antique Map WEST AFRICA from Spain SIERRA LEONE CAPE VERDE by Bonne (BN1). An original Antique Map by Rigobert Bonne & Guillaume Thomas Raynal titled. PARTIE OCCIDENTALE DE L'ANCIEN CONTINENT DEPUIS LISBONNE JUSQU'A LA RIVIERE DE SIERRA LEONA. A fine exampe of Rigobert Bonne and G. Raynal's 1780 map of Western Africa.
This area corresponds to modern day Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Algeria. Includes the Canary Islands, Madeira Island, and Cape Verde Islands. Offers minimal inland detail reflecting the paucity of knowledge about the interior of the continent at the time. The exception is the Senegal and Gambia river valleys extending inland from Cape Verde, which at the time were just being mapped by explorers and missionaries.Arrows and hachures shows some of the ocean currents and winds that made this region so difficult to davigate in the early days of African exploration. Raynal's " ATLAS DE TOUTES LES PARTIES CONNUES DU GLOBE TERRESTRE, DRESSE POUR l'HISTOIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE ET POLITIQUE DES ETABLISSEMENTS ET DU COMMERCE DES EUROPEENS DANS LES DEUX INDES " CARTOGRAPHERS. In 1773 he succeeded Jacques Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Working in his official capacity Bonne compiled some of the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. Bonne's work represents an important step in the evolution of the cartographic ideology away from the decorative work of the 17th and early 18th century towards a more detail oriented and practical aesthetic. With regard to the rendering of terrain Bonne maps bear many stylistic similarities to those of his predecessor, Bellin. However, Bonne maps generally abandon such common 18th century decorative features such as hand coloring, elaborate decorative cartouches, and compass roses. While mostly focusing on coastal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal. Guillaume Thomas Raynal (1711 - 1796) was a French writer, philosopher, and historian active during the Enlightenment.
Raynal was educated as a Jesuit, but left the order for unknown reasons, and moved to Paris where he dedicated himself to the production of a number of minor but popular historical works. Raynal's histories opened doors to elite social and artistic circles where he met and befriended various members of the Philosophe Coteries.
Raynal's most important work is generally considered to be a 1770 collaboration with Diderot and others entitled, L'Histoire philosophique et politique des établissements et du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes. Some of the philosophical ideas developed in the book drew negative attention from the authorities who banned the book and posted a notice for the arrest of its authors. Raynal fled to Berlin and later to St. Petersburg, where he lived for a number of years before returning to France in 1787. Though not a cartographer Raynal's name is often attached to several Atlases by Rigobert Bonne, from whom he composed the text.Overall size of map is 37cm x 25cm with large margins, perfect for mounting & framing CONDITION: Excellent overall condition with hand colouring and the usual centrefold, as issued. PRINTS MAPS HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS POSTAL HISTORY BOOKS POSTERS STAMPS POSTCARDS EPHEMERA And anything else that is considered Antique and made of Paper. ALL OF OUR ITEMS ARE ORIGINAL ANTIQUES - NOT MODERN COPIES. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "antiquepapercompany" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.