Æthiopia superior vel interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. 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. Easures 420 x 540 mm.In good condition with old tape markings on the edge of the bottom margin. The item "Blaeu Mortier engraved map of Central & East Africa c1700" is in sale since Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "jonnyonts" and is located in Aylesbury. This item can be shipped worldwide.