Auction 133, Lot 676

"Partie de la Haute Aethiopie ou sont l'Empire des Abissins et la Nubie &c.", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1683 (published)

Publication: Geographische Historiche Beschryvingh der vier bekend Werelds-Deelen…

Color: Hand Color

8.3 x 11.6 inches
21.1 x 29.5 cm

This uncommon map focuses on the fictitious Ptolemaic twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan. The large lakes, purported to be the source of the Nile were thought to be 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 and engraved by Antoine de Winter.


Condition: A

Lightly toned with narrow, but adequate, original margins.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/1/2010