Auction 126, Lot 774

"Abyssinorum sive Magni Regis Davidis, quem Vulgo Presbyterum Joannem Vocant Imperium", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1600 (dated)

Publication: Fasciculus Geographus

Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 8.5 inches
28.7 x 21.6 cm

This map is from a scarce pocket atlas published by Johannes Bussemacher. The map is largely based on Mercator and covers the kingdom of the Christian king Prester John, who is depicted sitting on his throne. The map is covered with mountains and rivers, most of which are completely fictional. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

There is a short tear in the bottom margin, well away from the map.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/3/2008