Auction 140, Lot 823

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperium", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1628 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

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. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

A few faint spots and light show-through of text on verso, with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $80

Closed on 5/23/2012