"Presbiteri Iohannis, Sive Abissinorum Imperii Descriptio"
Published by Abraham Ortelius, 1573
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This reproduction of the historically significant 16th century map, "Presbiteri Iohannis, Sive Abissinorum Imperii Descriptio", by Abraham Ortelius, shows a detailed image of the continent of Africa. Rendered in full color, it depicts central and eastern Africa with the Nile River and several African cities prominently featured.
Highly decorative, the map includes two elaborate cartouches, several wild elephants, sea monsters, and a sailing ship firing its cannon off the coast of West Africa.
Prior to the 17th century, Africa was explored mostly by Europeans seeking gold and gems. The slave trade changed the picture completely, bringing many more outsiders to the continent.
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.