ATLAS GEOGRAPHIQUE CONTENANT LA MAPPEMONDE ET LES QUATRE PARTIES, avec les differantes etats d’Europe, dressés sous les yeux ... A Paris, Chez Lattre Graveur rue S. Jacques a la ville de Bordeaux, 1762. [together with]. BONNE, Rigobert. IDÉE DE LA SPHERE, ou principes sur la géographie astronomique ... A Paris, avec approbation & privilege du Roi,
1763. Two works in one volume, 16mo; pp. [ii] engraved frontispiece, [ii] engraved title page signed ‘L. Legrand juv Sculp’, with one double-page engraved diagram ‘Sphère de Ptolomée’ and 29 double-page engraved hand coloured maps numbered 1-27, 10bis and 24bis; pp. [vi], 55, ; A most attractive copy of this pocket atlas, together with an accompanying and rare treatise on the use of globes. Though sometimes found, and thus also issued separately, these two works were clearly intended to be bound and issued together, as Bonne’s work contains a ‘Table des Cartes Contenues dans ce Recueil’ according to which the atlas is complete with the Sphère de Ptolomée diagram and 29 maps. Later issues had either 30 or 31 maps. Rizzi Zannoni (1736 - 1814) was an Italian cartographer and geographer who travelled extensively throughout Europe, and is remembered amongst other things for producing the first detailed map of Poland. Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795) was one of the most important cartographers of the late eighteenth century. From 1773 he held the office of Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine, and his maps were highly regarded for their accuracy and detail, as well as their simple but attractive aesthetic. He published his own pocket atlas, ‘Petit Tableau de la France’ in 1764. OCLC locates copies at Harvard, Michigan, Texas, Yale and the New York Public Library.
Condition: in contemporary French red morocco, triple fillet borders with a small flower at each corner, spine fully gilt in six compartments with a flower and tendrils, green morocco label, inner dentelles, all edges gilt; with engraved armourial bookplate of ‘Thos. Hesilrige’ on front paste down and his signature dated 1764 on verso of title; a very fine copy.