Auction 114, Lot 663

"Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 11.2 inches
37.3 x 28.4 cm

Decorative map of eastern & central Africa depicting the legendary Christian kingdom of Prester John. Based on an earlier map by Blaeu, there is a fair amount of detail on the eastern coast, reflecting Colonial trading interests. Below the equator there are the two large lakes where the Nile originates. The map is decorated with a title cartouche surrounded by native figures, a decorative scale of miles, and elephants, ostriches and a monkey in the interior.


Condition: A

Printer's crease along fold and a couple of edge tears repaired with archival tape.

Estimate: $325 - $375

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/1/2006