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1777 Antique Map of Tasmania – Bonne

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Antique map 1780 of Adventure Bay Van Diemens Land – Tasmania – by Rigobert Bonne of Paris

Carte de la Terre van Diemen

Fine 18th century engraved map with beautiful hand colouring. This map depicts the track of Captain James Cook on his third voyage to Australia. The area mapped is almost due south of Hobart at Adventure Bay.



Van Diemen’s land

Title: Carte de la Terre van-Diemen. – Par M. Bonne, Ingenieur-Hydrographe de la Marine.

Artist: Bonne, Rigobert

Published: Paris, M. Bonne

Date: 1777

Size: 23,6 x 34,6 cm

Technic: Copper engraving / Coloured

Description: Copper engraving, uncolored as published.

Notes: In very good condition.


Very good but with some minor light toning. Has a large detailed inset at the upper left corner. There are numerous variations of this Bonne map and they all display re-engraved detail variations. Altogether a highly pleasing example.

Size: 29 x 42 cms


Rigobert Bonne (1727–1795) was one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century. In 1773 Bonne succeeded Jacques Nicolas 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 costal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal.

*All biographical information taken from Wilipedia for educational purposes only

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