This ancient region, part of the Kingdom of Monomotapa or Mutapa was first encountered by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The Europeans quickly became interested in the region, which was rich in gold, and soon became associated with the legends of King Solomon's Mines. Most of the gold mines however had been exhausted by the 1700's.He used advanced Dutch printing methods to produce high quality editions of contemporary French maps by cartographers such as De L'Isle, Sanson, Jaillot, de Fer and De Wit. His greatest feat was the nautical atlas "Le Neptune Francois" or "Suite de Neptune Francois", considered to contain the most beautiful examples of cartographic art.
Most of the charts from the atlas were based on earlier manuscripts by the Portuguese, who were the first explorers of the African coast. This chart is a beautiful example of one of those charts. Copper plate engraving with original hand coloring.Image measures 22.5 x 32.25. Page measures 22" x 32". ARGOSY BOOK STORE Old & Rare Books, Maps & Prints. Since 1925 116 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 New York City's oldest independent book store. Argosy Book Store, founded in 1925, is now in its third generation of family ownership. Our enormous stock of antiquarian and out-of-print items fills a six-floor building in midtown Manhattan and a large warehouse in Brooklyn. We specialize in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, antique maps & prints, and the history of science & medicine. We also have thousands of books in all other fields of interest.
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We provide conservation services for all works on paper as well as conservation storage solutions. The item "1693 Mortier Map Sea Chart Southeast Coast of Africa -South Africa, Mozambique" is in sale since Thursday, December 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "argosy2000" and is located in New York, New York.This item can be shipped worldwide.