Antique Map of Central Africa by Mercator (1609)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Latin text on verso. Wear on folding line and margins of the map. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1609
  • Overall size: 52 x 39.5 cm.
  • Image size: 48 x 34 cm.

€ 645,50($ 759.68 / £ 589.40)

Description: Antique print titled 'Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu'. Attractive map of East and Central Africa with inset map of Congo, focusing on the legendary kingdom of prester John. Originates from 'Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura' published by J. Hondius.

Artists and Engravers: Gerard Mercator (Kremer) was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Louvain. He drawn his first map in 1537 and became a cartographer and globe maker. In 1552 he moved to Duisburg, Germany where he published his famous 18-sheet world map in 1569 with his own new projection, today called Mercator projection. Later he decided to publish a new edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. Followed by his major work, a 3 volume collection of maps to which the word "Atlas" was applied the first time. The first volume was published 1585, followed by the second in 1589 and the third one after his death in 1595 by his son Rumold. A second edition of all three parts was published 1602. 1604 Jodocus Hondius acquired the plates and published several edition together with his sons Jodocus II and Henricus until 1633. More editions followed until 1666 by Janssonius who was in partnership with Henricus. Some of the plated where also used in W.J. Blaeu in 1630.