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Auction 94, Lot 401

"Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1606 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm
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Impressive 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.


Condition: C

Mis-folded with couple of small tears in bottom margin and 1 1/2" tear into inset, closed with cellophane tape, else very good, with superb color.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/7/2001