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Number: 163
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Kingdom of Prestor John
Year of Origin: 1570
Title: Presbiteri Iohannis, Sive, Abissino; Rvm Imperii descriptio.
Sub-Title: David Svpremvs Meorvm regnorvm, a Deo Vnice Dilectvs, Colvmna Didei, Ortvs Ex Stirpe Ivda, Filivs David, filivs Salomonis, Filivs colvmnae Sionis, Filivs Ex Semine Iacob, Filius Manvs Mariae, Filivs Nahv Secvndv carnem, Filivs Sanctorvm Petri Et Pavli Secvndvm Gratiam; Imperator svperioris Et Maioris Aethiopiae, Et Amplissimorvm Regnorvm Ivrisdictionvm Et Terrarvm; Rex goae, Caffates, Fatigar, Angotae, Barv, Baligvanzae, Adeae, Vangvae, Goiamae Vbi Nili Fontes, Amarae, Bagvamedri, Ambeae, Vangvci, Tigremahon, sabaim Patriae Reginae Sabae, Barnagassi; Et Dominvs vsqve In Nvbiam Qvae In Aegyptvm Extenditvr.
Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Amsterdam
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Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius
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Notes: suarez; 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; for further information see Van den Broecke and Van der Krogt reference numbers at Cartographica Neerlandica http://www.orteliusmaps.com
Last updated: Aug 2, 2009