Catalog Archive
Auction 89, Lot 259

"Abissinorum Sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu",

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1606 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm

Lovely map of central Africa showing the legendary kingdom of the Christian king Prester John. Cartographically similar to Ortelius's map, but including a large inset of the Congo region. The kingdom itself is shown atop the "Amara Mons". Superb old color with strapwork title and scale of miles cartouches. Mis-folded with couple of small tears in bottom margin repaired with archival tape, and 1 1/2" tear into inset, closed with old cellophane tape, else fine.


Condition: B

Estimate: $550 - $600


Closed on 12/8/1999