Auction 122, Lot 796

"Het Gedeelte van Opper-Ethiopien. Waar in leggen 't Ryk van Abissinien, en Nubien, enz.", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Eastern Africa

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.3 x 11.6 inches
21.1 x 29.5 cm

This attractive map focuses on the fictitious Ptolemaic twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan that were purported to be the source of the Nile, located at the foot of the mythical Lunae Montes, or Mountains of the Moon, often identified as the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda. The map is filled with fictitious place names and topography, all meticulously detailed. It was engraved by Antoine de Winter for an uncommon Dutch edition of Sanson's pocket atlas.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/5/2007