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Number: 2330
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Ethiopia
Year of Origin: 1700 (estimated)
Title: Marcia degli Abissini
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Language: Italian
Publish Origin: Leiden
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Cartographer: Pieter Van der Aa
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Notes: PENDING ABE ARRIVAL; Landscape COPPER ENGRAVING ON PAPER (cm. 21.5 x 29 approx), printed on a sheet of cm. 26 x 42. The title of Incision is March of the Abyssinians? At the top stands the legend of numbered Engraving in French and Dutch on a banner in the upper left, there is the title in French and Dutch of? Incision. In the bottom center is the inscription: Leiden at Pierre van der Aa. The Engraving depicts Marching army of Emperor of Abyssinia, a native population of a region of? Ethiopia in East Africa. 1 Source of the Nile (bottom center). 2 Floating bridge (bottom center). 3 Lions tame, (bottom left) .4 bales of cloth, worn by horses, (in the center, just to the left). 5 tents for the Nobles, camel leather, (center left) .6 harnesses, (center right). 7-13 for the Stones Altar, (top right) .8 Priests, (center right). 9 Emperor of the Abyssinian (horse), at the top center. 10 Large tent of Royal Emperor of Abyssinians (top center) .11 Bed and Throne of Emperor (under the tent, top center) .12 trumpets and tubas, (top left). 13 sacred ceremony, (top right). 14 huts and tents for the people (at the top left and right). 15 Cave which houses the Treasury of? Emperor (top center). Copper engraving, printed in 1710 by Pieter van der Aa, Leiden (Netherlands). The Incision above is taken from the work of Romeyn de Hooge (1645-1708) Les Indes Orientales et Occidentales. De Hooge was the greatest Dutch engraver of the late seventeenth century, and he never visited the West Indies and this explains, in part, distortions and numerous mistakes in portraying animals and people. But are his mental training Calvinist and republican, together with the strength of traditional beliefs about the external world inherited from past centuries, to give him his confidence on the uses of the peoples of the East and the Americas: absolute monarchs, tyrants dressed sumptuous unprecedented cruelty, idolatry, and even veiled attacks on Roman Catholicism (Christianity of the Abyssinians is represented by priests who perform in exchange for money, from idolatry and other perversions). Finally the animals, which he portrays have never seen elephants, camels and other animals are drawn in imaginative and often seem invented. Pieter van der Aa (1659 Leiden Leiden 1733) was one of the leading European publishers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, he worked in Leiden from 1682, together with his brothers. It is most famous for maps, atlases and engravings depicting the famous monuments, customs of the people, the flora and fauna around the world, as in his monumental work? Agreable La Galerie du Monde, In 66 volumes , who is said to have been printed no more than 100 copies. Les Indes Orientales et Occidentales, et autres lieux The indie Eastern and Western, and other places: Represented with beautiful figures, which show the natural Peoples, Customs, Religion, Holiday, Sacrifices, mosques, Idols, Treasures, Ceremonies, Banquets, Courts, torture and slavery, and also Mountains, Vessels, Shops, Markets and merchandise of every kind, Spices, Sugar, Towers, Precious Stones, Paintings, Fireworks? Artifice, Buffoni, Gears of Hosts, Plants, Trees, Animals, Birds, Fish, Monsters, Places Underground, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, etc.. See Graesse III. 343. p. 135-137.
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