Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Central Africa by Blaeu

Cartographer

Blaeu

Title

AETHIOPIA superior vel interior vulgo ABISSINORUM

Published

Amsterdam, 1635

Size

38.4 x 49.6 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18254

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 850

Description

"So Geographers in Afric-Maps /
With Savage-Pictures fill their Gaps ; /
And o'er unhabitable Downs /
Place Elephants for want of Towns."

(Jonathan Swift).


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"

(John Goss).