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East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668

East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668
East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668
East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668
East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668
East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668
East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668

East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668
I don´t sell facsimiles or copies. East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John. Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668, Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperior. Olfert Dapper / Jacob van Meurs. Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperior. Image 28,5x37cm, page 32x37,5cm. Beautiful copper engraved map of East and Central Africa and the fictitious kingdom of Prester John.

The map shows a major section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan. The map contains numerous rivers, villages and settlements throughout, and is highly embellished with elephants, ostriches and other animals within the map, as well as the decorative 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 and Blaeu´s edition of that same map of 1662.

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. The large title cartouche includes several figures. Published in the first edition of Olfert Dapper´s "Naukeurige Beschrijvingen der Afrikaensche gewesten" and "Naukeurige beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Eylanden". Olfert Dappers Description of Africa was an ethnographic book which offered a detailed description of the parts of Africa known to Europeans in the mid-seventeenth century. Despite the work being regarded as one of the most important and detailed seventeenth-century publications on Africa, Dapper himself never actually visited the continent. Instead, he relied on the reports of Jesuit missionaries and Dutch explorers. The Description of Africa was first published in 1668 by Jacob van Meurs in Amsterdam. Lateral margins narrow, as published. Some minor repairs and reinforcements in the margins, without affecting the image. I sell original maps, often several centuries old, and they therefore will have signs of age and use. Por favor, estudie atentamente las fotos y el texto para conocer el estado del mapa antes de adquirirlo. Se trata de un mapa original que tiene unos siglos de antigüedad, razón por la que presenta ciertas marcas de uso. En caso de que usted no elija correo certificado, el vendedor no se hará responsable si su paquete no llega bien. Si lo desea, recibirá un comprobante de envío. En caso de que al final no le guste el mapa, puede devolverlo en un plazo de 10 días tras recibirlo. Los gastos de envío (certificado) corren de su cargo. Cuando el vendedor reciba el mapa, le será devuelto el importe completo de la compra (excluidos los gastos de envío). PUEDEN MANDARSE VARIOS MAPAS EN UN SOLO ENVÍO. The item "East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668" is in sale since Friday, January 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps".

The seller is "danievanderstruij0" and is located in Cuacos de Yuste, Extremadura. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Cartographer/Publisher: Olfert Dapper
  • Printing Technique: Copper Plate
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Format: Atlas Map
  • Year: 1668
  • Antique: Yes
  • Date Range: 1600-1699
  • Country/Region: Africa
  • Era: 1600s


East and Central Africa, Kingdom of Prester John, map by Dapper/Van Meurs, 1668