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