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|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.|
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Jodocus Hondius, Sr.
|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|