"Carte de l'Abissinie", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Central Africa
Period: 1714 (published)
Publication: Atlas Soulage
Color: Hand Color
7.5 x 5.2 inches
19.1 x 13.2 cm
Charming rare map of central Africa depicting the kingdom of the fabled Christian king Prester John, with his fortified kingdom shown atop a mountain (Amara mons). The Nile River emanates from two large lakes near the Lunae Montes. This map is from a revised copper plate originally engraved by Pieter van den Keere and published in the 1628 edition of the Mercator Atlas Minor published by Jansson. For the Atlas Soulage the title and scale were translated into French, the cartouche revised and a compass rose added in the sea. The atlas was only issued once and there is only one known complete copy extant, in the University Library of Leiden.
Some printer's ink residue and smudges, else very good.