Auction 111, Lot 701

"Presbiteri Iohannis sive Abissinorum Imperium", Ortelius/Coignet

Subject: Africa - Central

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.6 x 3.1 inches
11.7 x 7.9 cm

Miniature map showing the domain of the legendary Christian king, Prester John. It was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Latin text on verso.

References: King (1st) pp. 74-75.

Condition: A

Original color with slight oxidation. Minor uneven toning in blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/8/2005