1598 map of East Africa with the mythical kingdom of Prester John
1598 map of East Africa with the mythical kingdom of Prester John. Presbiteri Iohannis, sive, Abissinorum Imperii Descriptio. This iconic map depicts the central African kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian priest-king who, according to legend, provided a bulwark against Barbarians and was an ally to the Crusaders. Ortelius designed this map himself using geographical information including Gastaldi's 1564 map of Africa. The map shows mythical twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan as the origin of the Nile, with the Mountains of the Moon located as the source of the lakes. Two large strapwork cartouches balance the sheet, one enclosing the title and the other with text of the legend. The dedication is to King David, with a long genealogy tracing Prester John's lineage back to that of the Biblical king.
Verso Text: French 1598 map of East Africa with the mythical kingdom of Prester John. A nice impression with original color on watermarked paper. There is light toning and some remnants of paper tape along the centerfold on verso.
44 x 37.6 cm (17.4 x 14.8 in). If your address is a P. Duty varies by country and we cannot predict the amount you will be charged.
Some countries are duty free, others are not. The item "1598 map of East Africa with the mythical kingdom of Prester John" is in sale since Friday, December 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "neatlinemaps" and is located in San Francisco, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Year: 1598
- Country/Region: Africa
- City: Antwerp
- Cartographer/Publisher: Abraham Ortelius
- Format: 44 x 37.6 cm (17.4 x 14.8 in)
- Original/Reproduction: Original