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Blaeu, Guillaume & Jean.
Regnum Abissinorum. "Æthiopia Superior vel Inferior: vulgo Abissinorum sive Pesbiteri Joannis Imperium.
Africa: Amsterdam: Apud Johannem Guiljelmi F. Blaeu. 1655. Copper engraved map of East Africa from volume 2 of Joan Blaeu's "Theatrum Orbis terrarum, sive atlas novus .pars secunda. "Original outline colour. Double page; folio; Latin text to verso.. Decorative title cartouche; ships to sea; elephants, ostriches and monkeys to the interiors of the countries. Two Ptolemaic lakes, Zair and Zaflan are shown in the southern portion of the map as being the main source of the Nile. Lake Niger is shown as the source of the Niger River, flowing westward. The map contains numerous coastal place names such as Mozambique Island, Quiloa, Mombaza, and Melinde indicating the importance of the area to both Arab and Portuguese traders and explorers from other countries Prester John was believed to be a Christian king of enormous power and splendor. The legend first appeared in the 1100's with his kingdom believed to be in Asia, but as the area was further explored, the location of this mythical kingdom moved to the Middle East and eventually present day Ethiopia. This legend persisted for centuries. When Vasco de Gama went on his voyage from Mozambique north in the 1400's, he heard that "Preste Johan" ruled the interior. Original outline colour; good impression; light browning to edges of plate mark due to former framing; light toning to edges of page. Split to lower centre fold [not entering plate] repaired with archival tape, to verso. Willem Janszoon Blaeu [1571- 1668] had set up the business in Amsterdam 1596 following studies with the famous astonomer Tycho Brahe. In 1630 Wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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