Auction 126, Lot 776

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperium", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.5 x 5.3 inches
19.1 x 13.5 cm

Charming map of the legendary land of the Christian king, Prester John, with his fortified kingdom shown atop a mountain. The Nile River emanates from two large lakes near the Lunae Montes (Mountains of the Moon). The map is adorned with a large strapwork title and scale cartouche. Engraved by Petrus Kaerius. French text on verso.

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Condition: A

Faint damp stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 12/3/2008

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