Catalog Archive
Auction 144, Lot 262

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperium", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1628 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 5.2 inches
19.3 x 13.2 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 Lune Montes (Mountains of the Moon). The map includes a collection of offshore islands between the east African coast and Madagascar and is adorned with a large strapwork title and scale cartouche. Engraved by Petrus Kaerius. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with some show-through of text on verso and remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $110

Closed on 4/3/2013