Carte du Congo et du Pays des Cafres. . . - COVENS, J. / MORTIER, C.
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Title : Carte du Congo et du Pays des Cafres. . ..
Map maker : COVENS, J. / MORTIER, C..
Date : Amsterdam, c. 1730.
Size : 19.7 x 24.0 inches. / 50.0 x 61.0 cm.
Colouring : Original body colour.
Description :Detailed copper-engraved map of southern Africa providing numerous particulars and comments concerning European trade, native kingdoms, and mineral wealth.
Includes Madagascar and several islands in the Indian Ocean.
This map offers significant detail throughout the interior naming numerous tribal areas and kingdoms including the Jaga, the Kongo, the Angola, the Kingdom of Numeamaie or Mono-Emugi, Monomotapa, Gingiro, and others. The map shows the long range of "Montagnes De Lupata Nommees Par Les Cafres L'Epine Du Monde" - the "Backbone Of The World".
Shows the Portuguese trading colonies of Sena and Tete (Santiago) on the Zambezi River. Also near the Zambezi, "La Victoire Couvent de Dominicains" is worth of mention. Also notes the predominantly Arab island kingdoms of Pemba and Zanzibar.
Identifies the Dutch colonies near the Cape of Good Hope, including "Fort Hollandois" (Cape Town).
The Amsterdam publishing firm of Covens and Mortier (1721 - c. 1862) was the successor to the extensive publishing empire build by Frenchman Pierre Mortier (1661 - 1711). Upon Mortier's death in 1711 his firm was taken over by his son, Cornelius Mortier (1699 - 1783).
Cornelius married the sister of Johannes Covens (1697 - 1774) in 1821 and, partnering with his brother in law, established the Covens and Mortier firm. Under the Covens and Mortier imprint, Cornelius and Pierre republished the works of the great 17th and early 18th century cartographers De L'Isle, Allard, Jansson, De Wit, and Ottens among others.
The quickly became one of the largest and most prolific Dutch publishing concerns of the 18th century. The firm and its successors published thousands of maps over a 120 year period from 1721 to the mid 1800s. During their long lifespan the Covens and Mortier firm published as Covens and Mortier (1721-1778), J. Covens and Son (1778 - 94) and Mortier, Covens and Son (1794 - c. 1862).
Marco van Egmond, A Map-publishing House in Amsterdam 1685-1866.
Condition : Printed on heavy paper. Good impression. Mint condition.
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