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Auction 106, Lot 534

"Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Africa - Central

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14.7 x 11.2 inches
37.3 x 28.4 cm
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Decorative map of eastern & central Africa depicting the legendary Christian kingdom of Prester John. Based on an earlier map by Blaeu, there is a fair amount of detail on the eastern coast, reflecting Colonial trading interests. Below the equator there are the two large lakes where the Nile originates. The map is decorated with a title cartouche surrounded by native figures, a decorative scale of miles, and elephants, ostriches and a monkey in the interior.


Condition: B

Couple of faint spots.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 3/3/2004