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