Antique Map of the Indonesian Archipelago by Bonne ‘CARTE DES ISLES DE LA SONDE, ET DES ISLES MOLUQUES. Par M.Bonne, Ingenieur – Hydrographe de la Marine’.
Late 18th century French map of South-east Asia and the Indonesian Archipelago engraved by Gaspard Andre and compiled by Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795) who succeeded Jacques-Nicolas Bellin as Hydrographer at the DepĂŽt de la Marine, Paris in 1773. The map has arrows indicating the prevailing winds (monsoons) in the region during the different months of the year, with the north-west monsoon blowing between October and April and the north-east monsoon between May and September. In the south-west corner of the map is an inset of the clove-producing North Molucca Islands of Ternate, Tidore, Machian, Bachian Motir and Potterbackers. The map first appeared in the Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre published by Guillaume Raynal in 1780 with âLiv. I II II et IVâ engraved outside the top left-hand corner and âNo. 15â appearing in the top right-hand corner with hand written map number and name on the Verso.
Artist: R. Bonne
Condition: Very good
Measures 218 x 322 mm.
Purchase code: M2009
Description: Antique print titled 'Motacilla, Flava'. This print depicts the Western yellow wagtail with nest and eggs (Dutch: gele kwikstaart). The western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia.
This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven', Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.
Original text page included.
Artists and engravers:Â This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.
- Date: 1789
- Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
- Image size: 27.8 x 41.6 cm.
- Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Avis pugnax mas'. Old bird print of the male ruff birdÂ (Calidris pugnax), amedium-sizedÂ wading birdÂ that breeds inÂ marshesÂ and wetÂ meadowsÂ across northernÂ EurasiaÂ . This highlyÂ gregariousÂ sandpiperÂ isÂ migratoryÂ and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. This print originates from 'The Natural History of Birds' by E. Albin. This is the rarest and most highly prized of Albinâs works as it was hand coloured entirely by Albin and his daughter, Elizabeth. There were only 89 sets published.Â
Artists and Engravers: EleazarÂ Albin was a German professional painter who settled in England in 1707, where he married and raised a family, changing his name from Weiss to Albin. He illustrated works on insects and spiders, earning his living by making watercolors of the collections of wealthy patrons, including Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection founded the British Museum. His work on birds was done late in his life & was the first large English work on ornithology, hand-colored by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth & published initially in London from 1731-1738.
- Date: c.1738
- Overall size: 22 x 29 cm.
- Image size: 21 x 24 cm.
- Condition: Good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Minor foxing, general age-related toning. Blank verso, please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Chinese Punishment of the Rack'.Â Print of Chinese punishment of the rack. TheÂ rackÂ is a torture device consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame.Â This print originates from 'The Chinese Empire: historical and descriptive. Illustrating the manners and customs of the Chinese,in a series of steel engravings, from original sketches' by T. Allom
Artists and Engravers:Â Thomas AllomÂ (1804â1872) was an English architect, artist, and illustrator, who published books on his travels from Europe to the Middle East and throughout Asia.
- Date: 1859
- Overall size: 27 x 19.5 cm.
- Image size: 23 x 16 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor wear, blank verso. Please study image carefully.