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Auction 88, Lot 337

"Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteriioannis Imperium", Merian

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14.7 x 11.2 inches
37.3 x 28.4 cm
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Splendid map of eastern & central Africa. The map depicts the legendary Christian Kingdom of Prester John. Based on an earlier map by Blaeu, there is a fair amount of detail on the eastern coast, reflecting Colonial trading interests. Below the equator there are the two large lakes where the Nile originates. The map is decorated with a title cartouche surrounded by native figures and a decorative scale of miles. Fine crisp impression with a couple of minor marginal tears which have been professionally repaired.


Condition: A

Estimate: $475 - $550


Closed on 10/2/1999