Auction 93, Lot 351

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Eastern Africa

Period: 1617 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 5.3 inches
19.3 x 13.5 cm

Charming map engraved by Petrus Kaerius. It depicts the kingdom of the fabled Christian king Prester John, with his fortified kingdom shown atop a mountain. The Nile River emanates from two large lakes near the "Lunae Montes". Large strapwork title cartouche. German text on verso.


Condition: A

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $130

Closed on 12/6/2000