"Haute Ethiopie, ou sont l'Empire des Abissins, la Nubie, et le Zanguebar...", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Eastern Africa
Period: 1655 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 15.8 inches
50.3 x 40.1 cm
Handsome map of central and eastern Africa, including the northern part of Madagascar. The most dominant feature of the map is the source of the Nile shown in the large lakes of Zaire and Zaflan. Most of the topography and place names are fictitious, as is typical of the cartography of the period. The unusual title cartouche is engraved in a carpet motif.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A .
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with original outline color in the map and later coloring in the cartouche. There are some light damp stains at top. The top corners of the sheet were cut and have been replaced with old paper, not affecting image.