Auction 107, Lot 538

"Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium", Jansson/Valck & Schenk

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1709 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 15 inches
48.8 x 38.1 cm

This map depicts the legendary Christian Kingdom of Prester John. Fabled rivers and numerous exotic animals fill the otherwise empty spaces of the unexplored interior. There is a fair amount of detail on the eastern coast, reflecting the Portuguese and Arab trading interests. Mogadishu, Mombassa, Quiloa [Kilwa] and Mozambique are shown as major towns. The west coast is shown from Benin to Angola with the major feature being the Zaire River. Below the equator are located two large lakes that form the source of the Nile River. A native family surrounds the title cartouche with a bright sun above. This map was originally published by Jansson and is nearly identical to Blaeu's map of the same title and is distinguished by the flourishing calligraphy in the oceans. This edition was published by Valk & Schenk with their imprint added.


Condition: A

Crisp impression and original color. Short fold separation in blank margin, well away from map.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/9/2004