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Auction 108, Lot 615

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1619 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 13.5 inches
48.8 x 34.3 cm
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Impressive map of central Africa showing the legendary kingdom of the Christian king Prester John. Cartographically similar to Ortelius's map, but including a large inset of the Congo region. The kingdom itself is shown atop the Amara Mons. The Nile is shown with its source in the twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan. Strapwork title and scale of miles cartouches.


Condition: A

Lovely color. Tissue reinforced centerfold.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/29/2004