AETHIOPIA superior vel interior vulgo ABISSINORUM
38.4 x 49.6 cms
"So Geographers in Afric-Maps /
With Savage-Pictures fill their Gaps ; /
And o'er unhabitable Downs /
Place Elephants for want of Towns."
Blaeu's central Africa modeled after Ortelius' Prester John map.
Prester John's sons are still kept in confinement in Ethiopia. River Niger dissappears underground to emerge 60 miles further in lake Borno. In lake Zaire: 'Tritones et syrenes in hoc lacu esse dicuntur'. Queen of Sheba's former Empire is located near the entrance of the Red Sea.
"Much of the romance of old maps can be demonstrated by a look at this splendid map of eastern and central Africa: legendary kingdoms, fabled rivers, and illustrations of animals to fill otherwise empty spaces"