Bonne 1784 – Diu and Christmas island


This is one of the early maps I purchased.Its not my favourite but it is different from others.

Its called Christmas island because it was discovered on Christmas 1776. So this map was “hot off the press” when it was published, just a few years after the discovery.

R. BONNE Terre De Kerguelen, Appellee par M. Cook, Isle De La Desolation. Par M. Bonne, Ingenieur Hydrographie de la Marine.? Paris. 1784. B/W. 9X13.

Fine chart by a premier French hydrographer, Rigobert Bonne, shows Kerguelen’s Land and islands with three inset charts 1.) Plan Du Port Palliser dans la Terre De Kerguelen, 2.) Plan Du Havre De Noel dans la Terre De Kerguelen, and 3.) Isles decouvertes par Mr. Marion Du Fresne en 1772, appellees par M.Cook en 1776, Isles Du Prince Edouard. Kerguelen’s land was named for Yves de Kerguelen, a French navigator and explorer who sailed around the islands in 1772 along with Marion Du Fresne another French explorer who was in the vicinity in that same year. Capt. James Cook didn’t sight the islands until his 3rd voyage in 1776, having failed in his first attempts on earlier voyages. On Christmas Eve 1776, Cook’s ships the Resolution and the Discovery anchored in a Bay which he called Christmas Harbor, only staying long enough to replenish his water, and as the islands were so bleak and treeless, he called them Desolation Isles. Bonne’s chart was taken from original surveys by Kerguelen, Du Fresne and Capt. James Cook and was finely engraved by Gaspard Andre, a famous Parisian engraver at the time.

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