1778 Bonne Map of East Africa, Madagascar, Isle Bourbon, Mauritius (Mozambique)

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Seller: geographicusmaps (3,941) 100%, Location: 11221, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 352560047747 1778 Bonne Map of East Africa, Madagascar, Isle Bourbon, Mauritius (Mozambique) ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST WE SELL ONLY ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MAPS - NOT REPRODUCTIONS Title: Partie de la Cote Orientale D'Afrique avec L'Isle de Madagascar et les Cartes particulieres des Isles de France et de Bourbon. Description: A beautiful example of Rigobert Bonne's c.1778 decorative map of southeastern Africa and Madagasgar. Roughly covers the territory current incorporated into Mozambique and Madagascar. Also includes inset map of the Isle Bourbon and Isle de France or Mauritius. This region of Africa held a particular fascination for Europeans since the Portuguese first encountered it in the 16th century. At the time, this area was a vast empire called Mutapa or Monomotapa that maintained an active trading network with faraway partners in India and Asia. As the Portuguese presence in the area increased in the 17th century, the Europeans began to note that Monomatapa was particularly rich in gold. They were also impressed with the numerous well crafted stone structures, including the mysterious nearby ruins of Great Zimbabwe. This combination led many Europeans to believe that King Solomon's mines must be hidden in this region. Sure enough our map shows the 'Mts. Fuca riches en Or' in the western parts of Monomotapa. Monomotapa did in fact have rich gold mines in the 16th and 17th centuries, but most have these had been exhausted by the 1700s. A decorative title cartouche appears in the upper right hand quadrant. Drawn by R. Bonne for issue as plate no. C 30 in Jean Lattre's Atlas Moderne . Size: Printed area measures 12 inches high by 16.5 inches wide. Condition: Very good. Some toning and wear along original centerfold. Minor foxing. Original platemark visible. 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. Some toning and wear along original centerfold. Minor foxing. Original platemark visible.

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