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Auction 114, Lot 635

"Chorographia Originis Nili [on sheet with] Chorographia Originis Nilise Ufontium Ipsius [and] Vera Et Genvina Fontium Nili Topographia", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Africa

Period: 1682 (published)

Publication: d'Onder-Aardse Weereld

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 18 inches
36.1 x 45.7 cm
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These three interesting maps illustrate theories concerning the origins of the Nile according to Duarte Lopez, Arab geography, and Peter Paez. The first (6.7" x 8.7") represents the origin of the Nile as explored by Lopez and described by Pigafetta, with the river emanating from two lakes, one below the other. The second (6.7" x 8.7") represents the Mountains of the Moon origin, north of Lake Zambia. The third (14" x 10") depicts in detail the Montes Lunae and the river valley as recorded by the Jesuit traveler Paez. All three maps are embellished with mountains, citadels, forests, exotic animals and sea monsters.

References: Norwich #156; Tooley (Africa) p.64.

Condition: A+

Fine impression with late color.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $700

Closed on 3/1/2006