Spanish Southwest in Cyrillic

By BONNE, Rigobert, 1780 

[Cyrillic map: Mexico And Southern States].

America North America
  • Author: BONNE, Rigobert
  • Publication place: Paris / St.Petersburg
  • Publisher: R.Bonne / J.Lattre
  • Publication date: c1780.
  • Physical description: Engraved map with original hand-colour in outline.
  • Dimensions: 300 by 410mm. (11.75 by 16.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2296


A very rare Cyrillic map of the Spanish south-west, Texas, the southern States and Florida, from Chesapeake Bay to California, with Mexico and Central America. After Bonne and Lattre’s map Carte du Mexique ou de la [Nouvelle] Espagne contenant aussi le Nouveau Mexique, la Californie, avec une partie des pays adjacents”, Paris, 1771, the title appers in a similarly asymmetrical rococo cartouche lower left. This Cyrillic version of the map appeared in one of the first world atlases published in Russia; Novy Atlas, ili sobranie kart …” which translates as New Atlas or a collection of Maps of All Parts of the Globe Obtained from Various Compilers and printed in St.Petersburg in 1793 by the Mining School for the Use of Youths”.

Bonne (1727–1795) succeeded Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Lattre (fl1743-1795) published his Atlas Moderne’ in 1762, to accompany de la Croix’s Geographie Moderne’. He also engraved maps for Robert de Vaugondy, Janvier and Bonne.