Auction 110, Lot 663

"Aethiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Africa - Central

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.2 inches
53.3 x 41.1 cm

Fine map of eastern and central Africa depicting 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. Two large lakes located below the equator form the source of the Nile River. Much else of interest in this fine decorative map with a figurative title cartouche and scale of miles. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B

Fine original color with minor uneven toning. Centerfold reinforced with Japanese tissue. Platemark weakened and reinforced with archival tape.

Estimate: $425 - $475

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/2/2005