C1754

Carte des Isles Maldives.

C.18th map of the Maldives which were an important source of cowrie shells. The Maldivians cultivated these by floating branches of coconut palms in the sea, to which the shells attached themselves. The other important product was coir, a fibre … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte des Isles Maldives.

Date:

C1754

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

155mm 
x 218mm

Paper Size: 

185mm 
x 252mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte des Isles Maldives. - Antique Map from 1754

Genuine antique
dated:

1754

Description:

C.18th map of the Maldives which were an important source of cowrie shells. The Maldivians cultivated these by floating branches of coconut palms in the sea, to which the shells attached themselves. The other important product was coir, a fibre obtained from dried coconut husk which was cured in pits, beaten, spun and then twisted into cords and ropes. It’s resistance to saltwater made it much sought after for the rigging of the dhows that plied the Indian Ocean.

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National Library Australia: Bib ID 3512013

Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772)

Bellin was a French multifaceted hydrographer and geographer had an incredibly successful 50 year career producing maps. His illustrious career started at just 18 years of age when he was appointed Chief Cartographer to the French Navy in 1721. His attention to detail, accuracy and high standard of workmanship resulted in him playing an integral role to France’s leadership in European cartography. In addition to being the Chief Cartographer of France’s hydrographic office, he was also a member of the Académie de Marine, the Royal Society of London, and the Philosophes (French intellectual group).

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