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Publisher: JANSSONIUS, J.
Title: Aethopia Superior vel Inferior vulgo Abissinorum sive.
Published in: Amsterdam, ca 1657
   
Size: 16.3 x 21.1 inches.
41.5 x 53.5 cm.
Colouring:

In attractive strong original colours.
Condition: In fair / good condition, however, due to verdigris (green colour pigment) some parts of the map are cracked, slightly damaged and quite fragile. Good margins, dark impression. Blank verso.
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An attractive map of Eastern Africa and the fictitious kingdom of Prester John. The map shows a large section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan.
The map contains many rivers, villages and settlements throughout, and is richly embellished with elephants, ostriches and other exotic animals within the map, as well as the decorative title cartouche. The two Ptolemaic lakes of Zaire and Zaflan are in the lower portion of the map. Lake Niger, and the supposed course of the Niger River, is shown flowing westward.

This map is based on Ortelius' map of Prester John of 1573. The myth of Prester John, the good Christian King of Africa waging his own crusade and defeating the enemies of Christianity, was based upon earlier legends of the Crusaders and is a fascinating piece of early mythological cartographic history.




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