BONNE, Rigobert (1727-1791)
Theatre de la Guerre en Amerique avec les Iles Antilles
Paris: Chez Lattre, 1779. Copper-engraved map, printed on two sheets joined, period hand-colouring in outline. Sheet size: 29 x 19 1/4 inches.
Scarce American Revolutionary War map, with early manuscript boundary lines added.
"Shows provinces, select towns and cities, forts, Indian villages and tribal territory, and relief. Includes some shoals and banks along the coast, navigational hazards and routes of navigation in the Gulf of Mexico" (Sellers and Van Ee). Bonne first issued this map on two separate sheets in 1771, under the title Partie de l'Amerique Septentrionale. The French involvement in the war prompted much interest in maps of the region and Bonne reissued the map in 1779, as two joined sheets and with a new title as above, to meet that demand. Interestingly, this issue of the map would be published by Jean Lattre, who himself would issue the important first French map of the United States following the Treaty of Peace. This copy with the interesting manuscript addition of boundary lines dividing the United States from Canada in the north and a boundary line along the Red River in the west and dividing Carolina from Florida.
Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 165; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 779.2.