Auction 117, Lot 827

"Presbiteri Iohannis, sive Abissinorum Imperii Descriptio", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm

This handsome miniature map of the kingdom of the mythical Christian king, Prester John is embellished with a galley ship firing on Melinde off the east coast and two elephants on the continent. The source of the Nile is shown as two large lakes. French text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 61.

Condition: B

Original color with minor oxidation, reinforced with light Japanese tissue on verso.

Estimate: $130 - $180

Sold for: $130

Closed on 12/6/2006