Map of Ethiopia

The upper and interior parts of Ethiopia commonly known as Abyssinia or the empire of Prester John

A copy of Blaeu’s much copied 1642 map of the same name but with different cartouches. Jonathan Swift commented: ‘So geographers in Afric maps/With savage pictures fill their gaps/And o’er uninhabitable downs/Place elephants for want of towns’.

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

Accession reference: National Maritime Museum, F0309, G290:6/1