Auction 123, Lot 750

"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

These three interesting maps illustrate theories concerning the origins of the Nile according to Duarte Lopez, Arab geography, and Jesuit explorer, 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, a crocodile, and sea monsters.

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

Condition: B+

A strong sheet of laid paper. There is some faint toning on the centerfold. The margins have a light damp stain and some adhesive residue, well away from the map.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/20/2008