Lot 415 of 541:
Blaeu map of eastern Africa c.1640  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$450
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium

Author:
Blaeu, Willem

Place:
Amsterdam

Publisher:

Date:
c.1640

Description:

Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline & wash. 38.5x49.8 cm (15¼x19½").

An attractive and decorative map of eastern and central Africa, depicting the legendary Christian Kingdom of Prester John. Fabled rivers and numerous exotic animals fill the empty spaces of the unexplored interior. There is a fair amount of detail on the eastern coast, reflecting the Portuguese and Arab trading interests. Mogadishu, Mombassa, Quiloa [Kilwa] and Mozambique are shown as major towns. The west coast is shown from Benin to Angola, with the Zaire River. Below the equator are located two large lakes which are the source of the Nile River


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Expertly repaired along centerfold, faint marginal darkening and a few small chips; very good. Because of the size, extra shipping charges may apply.


 
Item number:
274074
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