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Old antique map of East and Central Africa, by J. Blaeu.

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Aethiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. - J. Blaeu, 1662.


Old map of East and Central Africa, by J. Blaeu.

Date of the first edition: 1634
Date of this map: 1662

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 38.5 x 50cm (15 x 19.4 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 2, 8720:2.

From: Atlas Maior, Sive Cosmographia Blaviana, Qua Solum, Salum, Coelum, Accuratissime Describuntur. Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1662-65. (Van der Krogt 2, 601-3)
Translation of cartouche text: Upper or Central Athiopia, in the vernacular "The Empire of the Abyssinians or Prester John".

Prester John is a mytical Christian king thought to have lived in East Africa. In 1520, a sizable Portuguese expedition under Francisco Alvares traveled to East Africa, where they were received hospitably by the Coptic Christian king David II. David was considered to be to Prester John's successor. Alvares described his journey after his return to Portugal. His book was the most important information on Ethiopia for more than a century.

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