Auction 136, Lot 749

"Le Royaume Abyssin ou l'empire du Preste Iean", Boisseau, Jean

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1643 (dated)

Publication: Tresor des Cartes Geographiques

Color: Black & White

7.3 x 5 inches
18.5 x 12.7 cm

This rare little map of was copied from the Jansson plate for his Atlas Minor. The legendary kingdom of the Christian Prester John is the central focus of this small map of central Africa. It is based on the reports of the Portuguese explorer, Francisco Alveres, who searched for the mythical kingdom in the year 1520. The kingdom itself is shown atop the Amara M. The Nile is shown with its source in the Ptolemaic twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan, at the foot of the Mountains of the Moon (Luna M.). This map is from the first true world atlas produced in France. It was prepared for the education of the future king of France, XIV,

References: Betz pp. 265-66.

Condition: A+

Narrow, but adequate, top margin, as issued.

Estimate: $240 - $300


Closed on 6/1/2011