Auction 116, Lot 820

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

Subject: Africa - Central

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 11.3 inches
37.3 x 28.7 cm

Decorative map of eastern and central Africa depicts 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+

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/20/2006