MOZAMBIQUE COAST EMPIRE DU MONOMOTAPA
Attributed to De L'Isle on the map but was actually published by Bellin.
Detailed regional map of East Africa, showing the region of the Zambeze River.
Extends north to Mozambique and south to Cap de Courans. Centered on Monomotapa, the capital of the empire, as noted in French. Notes regarding Kingdoms, gold mines and other features abound. One of the maps produced by Nichlas Bellin for Prevost d'Exiles influential travel book, L'Histoire Generale des Voyages.
Very good hand colour.
code : M2808
Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN
Date : 1740c Paris
Size : 21*27 cms
availability : Available
Price : £95
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and prolific French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century, in the service of the French Hydrographical Office. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also Official Hydrographer to the French King.
Bellin was responsible for an enormous output of charts and maps. In a large folio format, he issued a volume of sea-charts of France, the Neptune Francois, and several sea-atlases of the World, including the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These large charts were amongst the best of the period and continued being reissued throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.
In smaller format, he issued the Petit Atlas Maritime (1764),which contained 580 detailed charts, as well as maps to illustrate l'Abbe Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages (1746-1757). Bellin also produced a substantial number of important separately issued maps, particularly reflecting continuing discoveries and political events in the Americas.