EMPIRE DU MONOMOTAPA ET ETATS VOISINS. (SOUTH-EASTERN AFRICA)

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Jacques Bellin


Empire du Monomotapa et Etats Voisins. (South-eastern Africa)

Copper plate engraving, 1747-80.
8 x 10 3/8" (202 x 264 mm) plus margins.
Good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 24864
Price: $75.00
Publisher : Published by Jean Francois de La Harpe, Paris.
From Antoine Prevost's "Histoire Generale des Voyages," Paris, 1747-61. Bellin was commissioned by King Louis XIV to map all the known coasts of the world, resulting in his "Hydrographie Francaise," 1756-65. Then he took upon the task of mapping all the areas which had been at least partially explored for Prevost's work.

This map of Southeast Africa (primarily modern Rhodesia and Mozambique) shows the Zambese or Cuama River with the Portuguese settlements at Tete and Sena, the silver mines of Chicova, the gold mines at Asur and elsewhere, and various tribal grounds. Despite these geographic sites, Bellin includes a title legend which reads "The interior of the country is little known and authors do not agree in their descriptions of it."

Ref: Tooley, "Maps of Africa," 23.A very nice and detailed map by Bellin for La Harpe's "Abrege de l'Histoire generale des voyages". A French produced, small sized atlas that depicts many parts of the known world. This map shows parts of South Africa and Mozambique.
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