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Auction 109, Lot 690

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Africa - Central

Period: 1613 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.4 inches
48.3 x 34 cm

Impressive map of central Africa showing the legendary kingdom of the Christian King Prester John. Cartographically similar to Ortelius' 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

Dark impression and original color. Light toning with a short fold separation at bottom, well away from map.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/1/2004