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BONNE, Rigobert & DESMAREST, Nicolas

Atlas Encyclopedique, Contenant La Geographie Ancienne, et Quelques Cartes sur La Geographie Moderne et Les Cartes Relatives a la Geographie Physique

Hotel de Thou, Rue des Poitevins, Paris, 1787-88
Quarto, 2 volumes (300 x 230 mm. each), contemporary quarter calf, French marbled paper boards, spines with gilt ruled compartments, volumes numbers and titles. With engraved frontispiece, title page, 65 pp., 77 engraved maps, mostly double-page; 110, (2) pp., 63 engraved maps (numbered 78-140), mostly double-page. Map number 28 with small centrefold split, 34 with split repaired, otherwise a good example in original binding.
FIRST EDITION. This two volume work was intended to accompany the volumes 92 to 97 of the Encyclopedia Methodical, both atlas volumes were published separately as offered here. Rigobert Bonne (1727-95) was an engineer, mathematician and cartographer. He succeeded Bellin as the hydrographer at the Depot de la Marine. Nicolas Desmarest (1725-1815) was a French physician and geologist. The maps are largely engraved by Gaspard Andre with a few noted by ‘Bonne fils’, Rigobert’s son. Provenance: with bookplate of the ‘Bibliotheque du Chateau de Laplagne’ and ‘Bibliotheque de Mr. Laplagne Barris’ pasted inside front cover. Shirley (2004) ‘Atlases in the British Library’ T.Bonn 6a.
Stock number: 8694

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