Seller: geographicusmaps (3,942) 100%, Location: 11221, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362525254736 1754 Gabriel Ramirez Map of Africa and the Biblical Treasure City of Ophir ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST WE SELL ONLY ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MAPS - NOT REPRODUCTIONS Title: El Puerto de Ophir. Ila Antigua Derrota de Tarsis. Description: This is a fine 1754 map of Africa by Gabriel Ramirez. It covers the entire continent of Africa with adjacent parts of Europe and Arabia. The map identifies the biblical port of Ophir. Associated with the legends of King Solomon, Ophier was said to be a kingdom of limitless wealth form which Solomon collected the gold need to construct the First Temple of Jerusalem. The true location of Ophir is a matter of significant debate among biblical scholars and archeologists, Africa, Ceylon, and Malay all being viable options. From the 16th century on, most, as per this map, believed Ophir to be located either in or around the African Kingdom of Monomotapa. This gold rich kingdom includes parts of modern day Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The map also identifies Tarshish or Tartessos in Southern Spain (here identified as Tarso), another kingdom from biblical legend, from which Solomon was believed to have acquired ivory and other valuables, and also from which he initiated his mission to Ophir. A beautiful illustration of natives loading boats with shovels and other tools is included at the bottom of the map. This map was originally prepared in French by Abbot M. Pluche and translated into Castilian Spanish for publication in Volume VII, Part 4 of D. Gabriel Ramirez's Espectaculo de la Naturaleza, O Conversaciones a Cerca de Las Particularidades de la Historia Natural . Size: Printed area measures 5 inches high by 3 inches wide. Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Original platemarks visible. Minor spotting near lower left border. Blank on verso. Shipping: Shipping rates are not negotiable. Items are shipped within three business days of receiving payment. We are happy to consolidate shipping where possible. The following shipping options are available: 1. FedEx Overnight (45 USD). USA Only. Signature Required. 2. FedEx Ground or Home Delivery (15 USD). USA Only. 1 - 10 days. If your address is a P.O. Box and cannot ship FedEx we will ship USPS Priority and, while we ship promptly, recent postal personnel cutbacks mean that delivery may take time. Signature Required. 3. FedEx International or DHL International EXPRESS (45 USD). 4. We can use your Federal Express Account. Customs: International buyers are responsible for paying duty and taxes on delivery. DHL or FedEx will contact the buyer by telephone to arrange payment. Duty varies by country and we cannot predict the amount you will be charged. Some countries are duty free, others are not. Typically, a customs duty and/or VAT tax will be assessed on all parcels to continental Europe. Sometimes duty or tax is due in China, but is seems very random. Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Taiwan have never assessed duty on a map we shipped. Maps shipped to the UK should be duty free, but from time to time duty of 5% is assessed incorrectly by the UK customs agents. Insurance: All shipments are insured privately against loss and damage. All of our shipments require a signature. If you have any questions please feel free to email us through eBay or contact us by telephone at 646-320-8650. Other ServicesConservation Framing: Geographicus recommends basic conservation framing services for any antique paper. We do not offer this service. Antique Map Restoration: Geographicus can repair and restore your antique map. Services include deacidification cleaning flattening and backing. BEWARE anyone attempting to contact you, from a different eBay account, claiming to represent Geographicus Antique Maps. My eBay handle is GeographicusMaps. If you are contacted by email by someone offering you my items, please call me directly to be certain you are not dealing with a con artist. My phone number is 646-320-8650. " Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Original platemarks visible. Minor spotting near lower left border. Blank on verso.