Antique Map Africa

Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom

Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom
Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom
Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom
Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom

Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom
Finely colored example of Valk & Schenk's edition of Jan Jansson's double-page engraved map of East 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. 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 map measures 22" x 17.5" with French text on verso. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "slimstyl" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.

  • Cartographer/Publisher: Jan Jansson
  • Printing Technique: Copper Plate
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Original/Licensed Reprint: Original
  • Theme: Map geographical
  • Time Period: 1650
  • Format: Atlas Map
  • Type: Engraving
  • Year: 1650
  • Date Range: 1600-1699
  • Country/Region: Africa


Aethiopia Superior vel Interior map 1650 Bleau/Jansson Prester John Kingdom