Title/Content of Map: 1592 Ortelius Map of Central Africa -- Presbiteri Iohannis, sive Abissinorum Imperii DescriptioDate: 1592 c., AntwerpCartographer: A OrteliusSize: 14.8 X 17.3 in.
This is an outstanding map of most of central Africa. It shows the the central African kingdom of the mythical Christian king, Prester John, who, provided a stronghold against Barbarians and was an ally to the Crusaders. Ortelius created this map in part based on Gastaldi's 1564 map of Africa. The mythical twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan are shown as the origin of the Nile, with the Mountains of the Moon located as the source of the lakes. Plenty of settlements are shown as well as two pair of large elephants and sea monsters and an Arabic ship in lower left. Two large strapwork cartouches decorate, one enclosing the title and the other with text of the legend. The dedication is to King David. Latin text on verso.
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