Full title: 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. In good condition with old tape markings on the edge of the bottom margin. The map measures 420 x 540 mm. The item “Extremely rare c1700 map of Ethiopia and Abyssinia by Blaeu Mortier” is in sale since Monday, January 6, 2020. 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.
- Cartographer/Publisher: Blaeu – Mortier
- Printing Technique: Copper Plate
- Date Range: 1700-1799
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Country/Region: Abyssinia
- Era: 1700s
- Year: 1700