Seller: geographicusmaps (3,941) 100%, Location: 11221, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 352560047965 1786 Desnos and de la Tour Map of Southern Africa and Madagascar ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST WE SELL ONLY ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MAPS - NOT REPRODUCTIONS Title: Partie De L'Afrique audela de l'Equateur, Comprenant Le Congo, La Cafrerie etc. Description: This is a lovely example of the 1786 map of the Southern Africa by French cartographer Louis Brion de la Tour. The map covers the entire southern portions of the continent and extends from Good Hope north as far as Brava. Includes Madagascar. Fort Hollandois is identified near the Cape. The western kingdoms of Benguela, Angola, Congo and Benin and the eastern kingdoms of Monomotapa and Zanguebar are noted. This region of Monomotapa, today part of Mozambique and Zimbabwe, was once rich in gold and was often associated with the Biblical kingdom of Ophir, which is mentioned in the legend of King Solomon's Mines. This was one of the first parts of eastern Africa to be explored and colonized by Portuguese traders looking for a source of gold to rival that of the Spaniards in Mexico and Peru. Unfortunately for everyone involved the Mines of Solomon had been all but exhausted shortly before the Europeans arrived. Just north of Monomotapa a very embryonic mapping of Lake Malawi appears with no defined northern terminus. A beautifully engraved title cartouche adorns the bottom right quadrant of the map. To the left and right of the map are paste downs of French text with remarks and description of the map. Surrounding the whole is an elaborate decorative border featuring floral arrangements, surveying tools, elaborate baroque scalloping, and a winged globe. This map was issued as plate no. 47 in the most deluxe edition of Desnosâ€šÃ„Ã´ 1786 Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire, Pour lâ€šÃ„Ã´Etude de la Geographie et de lâ€šÃ„Ã´Histoire Moderne . Size: Printed area measures 15 inches high by 21 inches wide. Condition: Very good. Minor toning along original centerfold. Minor spotting at places. Original platemark visible. Minor overall toning. 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 toning along original centerfold. Minor spotting at places. Original platemark visible. Minor overall toning.