Auction 169, Lot 720

"Chorographia Originis Nili... [on sheet with] Chorographia Originis Nilise Ufontium Ipsius... [and] Vera et Genvina Fontium Nili Topographia...", Kircher, Athanasius

Subject: Central & Southern Africa

Period: 1652 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 18.7 inches
35.8 x 47.5 cm

These three interesting maps illustrate theories concerning the origins of the Nile according to Duarte Lopez, Arab geography, and the Jesuit explorer Peter Paez. The first (6.9" x 7.5") represents the origin of the Nile as explored by Lopez and described by Pigafetta, with the river emanating from two lakes, one below the other. The second (6.5" x 7.4") represents the Mountains of the Moon origin, north of Lake Zambia. The third (14.1" x 9.3") depicts in detail the Montes Lunae and the river valley as recorded by the Jesuit traveler Paez. The maps are embellished with mountains, citadels, forests, exotic animals, a crocodile, and sea monsters. Originally appeared in Oedipus Aegyptiacus Rome in 1652 and was subsequently published in Mundus Subterraneus in 1665, 1668, and 1678.

References: Norwich #156; Tooley (Africa-48) p. 53.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a bright sheet, issued folding and now flattened. The bottom and right margins have been professionally extended to accommodate framing, and there is an expertly repaired tear that enters 6.5" into bottom image at top left that is now nearly invisible.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/12/2018