Normandy Maine Perche France 1790 detailed antique Bonne map original hand colorBrian DiMambro -Historical Investments
Departments et Districts de Normandie et du Maine Perche
(Normandy and Perch- France)
Issued 1790, Paris by Bonne
Fine, appealing and uncommon variant printing of this well known late 18th century map. With original outline hand color, a very uncommon feature to Bonne maps.
Unlike most Bonne maps of this 18th century era, this one has the date engraved below the title. It also has the engravers name at bottom left, but it is engraved so microscopically it is essentially impossible to read it, even under magnification (at least to my eyes). Indeed, one can only marvel at the skill of the engraver to be able to engrave his name at such a minute level. Think scratching your name onto the surface a metal plate with the head of a pin, but even tinier.
As originally issued long ago, an actual antique/ vintage printed sheet of paper, not a modern copy or reprint. The paper sheet could show various minor signs of age, but if we are offering it for sale, you can be 100% certain it is entirely worthy of ownership by even the most discerning collector or dealer.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The scan is a major part of the item description. Please examine it closely, as what you see is what we will send you.
[note: we grade conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws.].
Sheet remains well preserved, keeping in mind it is not modern or new, so minor flaws to paper unworthy of specific mention are sometimes to be expected. Some light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling, all of which is hopefully visible within the zoomable scan.
Paper and image remains overall clean & sound. Old maps & prints often display small minor repairs on the back, could have uneven blank margins, might have extraneous fold-lines or other small minor age flaws which do not detract from the visual appeal or value. Condition is carefully considered in arriving at our price.
Great old vintage antique map entirely worthy of hanging for display.
A cartographic depiction captured in a manner entirely unique to this era.
Original centerfold as issued.
Sheet measures c. 15" H x 10 3/8" W.
Printed area measures c.12 1/2" H x 8 1/2" W