“AMERIQUE MERIDIONALE.” Paris: Rigobert Bonne, c. 1780. Original engraved map as published in Raynal, "Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe terrestre...". Centerfold as issued, verso blank. (Image: 12 ½ x 8 ¼’’ – Paper size: 14 3/8 x 9 ¾’’)
This detailed historical map depicts the South American continent with countries named and delineated. Topographical features are shown, major cities, and waterways located. Some ocean currents and trade winds are also shown.
Rigobert Bonne (c. 1729 - 1795) was a well respected cartographer who served as the French Royal Hydrographer. His principal interest lay in the production of marine charts which were noted for their detail and accuracy.