Ortelius’ Empire of Prester John

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Presbiteri Iohannis Sive Abissinorum Imperium

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Title

Ortelius’ Empire of Prester John

Mapmaker(s)

ORTELIUS, Abraham

Engraver(s)

GALLE, Philip

Publisher

VRIENTS, Johann Baptist

Place of publication

Antwerp

Date of publication

1601

Colour

black and white

Printed Area Measurements

8 x 11 cm

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Copper engraving, 8 x 11 cm, black and white, trivial marginal staining, Latin text on verso. Map of Central and eastern Africa, incorporating Ptolemaic cartography such as the twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan as the source of the Nile; Abyssinia is associated with the mythical Empire of Prester John. From the second series of maps engraved by Philip Galle for the Epitome, the pocket atlas version of Ortelius’ Theatrum. Koeman Ort 58