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BLAEU / MORTIER. - Ęthiopia superior vel interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive presbiteri Ioannis Imperium.
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Ęthiopia superior vel interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. - BLAEU / MORTIER.
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Title : Ęthiopia superior vel interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive presbiteri Ioannis Imperium..
Map maker : BLAEU / MORTIER. .
Date : ca 1700.
Size : 16.5 x 21.3 inches. / 42.0 x 54.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured as published
Description :The Latin title of the map makes reference to Pape Jan, a Catholic priest said to have founded a Christian state in Africa. The map was first published by Blaeu in 1635, this map is slightly extended at the top from the original and is presumed dated 1700 - possibly by Mortier.
The map covers from just above the Tropic of Cancer to Mozambique. A central portion of Africa depicts the mythical Empire of 'Prester John', as well as the kingdoms of Nubia, Kongo, Biafara, Guangara, and Agades. Illustrated with ostriches, elephants, and monkeys - all scattered across the interior.
The source of the Nile is shown to be two great lakes, Lake Zaire and Lake Zaflan.
The map has an attractive cartouche of a man, woman & 3 children, 2 of which are perched above the others on the cartouche, shielding them from the sun which sits above them in the sky.
Condition : In good condition with old tape markings on the edge of the bottom margin. Lightly age toned.
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