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Empire du Monomotapa et Etats Voisins: Bellin c. 1760

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  • Title: Empire du Monomotapa et Etats Voisins
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: c. 1760
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning
  • Inches: 13 x 9 3/4 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 33.02 x 24.77 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102166

Empire du Monomotapa et Etats Voisins Tiré de M Delisle et autres Auteurs. Echelles Lieues Marines de France et d'Angleterre. L'Interieur de Pais est peu connu et les Auteurs ne s'accordent pas dans leurs Descriptions.

"The Empire of Mutapa and Neighboring States From M. Delisle et al. Scales in Marine Leagues of France and England. The Interior of the Country is little known and the Authors do not agree in their Descriptions."

Map of the Kingdom of Mutapa consisting of present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), who produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Longitude from the Ferro Meridian.

Appointed hydrographer of the French Navy at the age of eighteen, Bellin eventually became Hydrographer to the King in 1741. He published numerous sea atlases and charts which would be reprinted into the nineteenth century, as well as many maps depicting French colonial territories in the New World. His craftsmanship and commitment to accuracy earned him a distinguished reputation as one of the world's leading cartographers, and many other European mapmakers turned to him for source material.