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Number: 1250
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Ethiopia,
Year of Origin: 1650
Title: AETHIOPIA Superior vel Interior vulgo ABISSINORVM sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperivm.
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Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Amsterdam
Height: 38.2
Width: 59.3
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Size Class.: Medium
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Color Type: Full Color
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Cartographer: Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Sr.
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Notes: Tooley; There were earlier editions from 1635 and 1638 from "Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas". The example here has Dutch text on verso titled--Het Koningrijck Abissinen; The center of the map above ,Amara mons,, the kingdom of Prester John, shows a note in Latin to the effect that here the sons are Prester John are held in confinement. In East Africa, marks the Kingdom of Prester John, a mythical Christian king supposedly descended from David and regarded as an important defence against the barbarians. Originally believing him to be somewhere in the Middle East Pope Alexander III sent John a letter to beg help against the Mongols (1177), but his messenger never returned. As Polo and other travellers opened the East without finding him, Prester John's kingdom retreated into the unknown. Although Waldseemüller's maps of 1507 places him in India, Fries moved him to Africa in 1522. KOEMAN
Last updated: Mar 23, 2010