Map Details      Question or Comment about this Map?
Number: 525
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Ethiopia, Congo,
Year of Origin: 1619
Title: Abissinorum Sive Pretiosi Ioan:nis Imperiu.
Sub-Title: [Inset] Congi Regni in Africa Christiani Nova descriptio.
Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Amsterdam
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Full Color
Click for high-resolution zoomable image
Cartographer: Jodocus Hondius, Sr.
Other Contributors:
Northernmost Latitude:
Southernmost Latitude:
Westernmost Longitude:
Easternmost Longitude:
Notes: Kapp; from the Mercator Hondius Atlas. Hondius used the name "Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas" as a posthumous honour to Gerard Mercator; 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: May 3, 2008