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Niger transit hinc sub terra per 60 miliaria. Here the Niger (River) continues underground for 60 miles Qui il Niger passa sotto terra 60 miglia. "Here the Niger runs underground for 60 miles." To view related, more legible inscripitions in Forlani maps, click here
 
Hic presbyter Joannes tenet eius filios cum custodia militum (Illigible here. Transcription from Rome Globe)

Here Prester John keeps his sons under the guard of soldiers.

Note Caves in mountain visible at end of inscription. Similar caves visile on Gasaldi's 4 sheet map of Africa.

?? Questo monte il pretre Iam***** i suoi figlioli co*** guarda ? this mountain the priest John (?) ? guards his sons.
 
Hac in insula nascuntur Rubiini Zapsiri Granate, Tapacy et Iazini (?) "In this isalnd are found (?) rubies, saphires, garnets, topaz and jasper (?)" "Qui nella isola Si trouva (?) rubini, saferi, granate, topacia et acan***

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Hic [mupinunter?] transeundo per Caroana qualam spirites decipientes peregrinas falso indicantes et visa secum in{gr}ediuntur desertum ut despruantur Here, where the caravans cross, may live some kind of deceptive spitits that give false directions to travelers who are led into the desert and disappear. Qui si trovano nel pasare le carovane certi spiriti che ingano ** *** ****** ****** falso carmino nel deserto per far li pericolare

Where are found, according to the carovaneers, certain spirits ??? ???? ???? false ways in the desert which make it dangerous. See below for other variants

 
In his insule nascuntur Omnia genera Aromatica In these islands grow all types of spices. "In queste isole *** nasce di tute forte ***ciarie In this island .......comes forth very strong ........ See below for another variant.
 
Hic reperuntur tauri et vacc(a)e habentes dorsum instax gambeli pectus vero et gulam ad modum leonis, reliquant corporis ut nostui

Here we find bulls and cows that have backs like a gambeli (camel?) and (?) chests and throats like a lion and the rest of the body like our [bulls and cows?].

Qui se trovano Torri e Vache che hanno la Goba come i Gambeli et hanno la ci……iepto di Lione et recto del corpo come …..ralta. Gastaldi 1561 World Map
 

Note: The Comparisons below relate to maps other than the nine sheet 1561 Gastaldi world map.

Niger transit hinc sub terra per 60 miliaria. Here the Niger (River) continues underground for 60 miles From the Paolo Forlani 1562 Map of Africa: "Il Niger passa qui sotto terra sesanta miglia." The Niger runs underground here for sixty miles.
 
Hic presbyter Joannes tenet eius filios cum custodia militum (Illigible here. Transcription from Rome Globe) (Illegible), but Note caves in mountain visible at end of inscription. Similar caves visile on Gasaldi's 4 sheet map of Africa. From Gastaldi's 1564 four sheet map of Africa: "Qui nel monte Amara il signor pretre jouanni fient(?) i suoi figliol1 con grande guarda" "In this Mount Amara, the lord preist john ? his sons with great care." Continue below for another version, that on Paolo Forlani's 1562 map of Africa.
 
Hic presbyter Joannes tenet eius filios cum custodia militum (Illigible here. Transcription from Rome Globe) (Illegible), but Note caves in mountain visible at end of inscription. Similar caves visile on Gasaldi's 4 sheet map of Africa. From Paolo Forlani's 1562 Map of Africa: "In questo monte il pretre jouanni li suoi figlioli con ???dia Go??? "In this mounatin, the priest john ???? ?????his children"
 
Hac in insula (***untur) Rubiini Zapsiri Granate, Tapacy et Iazini (?) "In this isalnd are found (?) rubies, saphires, garnets, topaz and jasper (?) From Gastaldi's 1562 four sheet map of Asia: "Nelle quale si ritrouno Robini, Safiri, Granate, Topaci et Iacinti"

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Hac in insula (***untur) Rubiini Zapsiri Granate, Tapacy et Iazini (?) "In this isalnd are found (?) rubies, saphires, garnets, topaz and jasper (?) "Nella qualle si ritrovano Robini, Safiri, Ciacinit (Hyacinth!), Topaci et Granate.

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Hic [mupinunter?] transeundo per Caroana qualam spirites decipientes peregrinas falso indicantes et visa secum in{gr}ediuntur desertum ut despruantur Here, where the caravans cross, may live some kind of deceptive spitits that give false directions to travelers who are led into the desert and disappear. From Gastaldi's four sheet 1560 map of Asia and Africa: "In questo deserti si trovano alcani Spiriti i quali fanno diversi ingani atti vaindante **cio che si perdino nel deserte

"In this disert are found certain spirits who give (?) deceptive directions (?) which cause passerbys ???? who lose themselves in the desert." See below for another varient.

 
From Gastaldi's four sheet 1560 map of Asia and Africa: "In questo deserti si trovano alcani Spiriti i quali fanno diversi ingani atti vaindante **cio che si perdino nel deserte

"In this disert are found certain spirits who give (?) deceptive directions (?) which cause passerbys ???? who lose themselves in the desert." See below for another varient.

From ?: "Passando la persone con le Caroutane per qusto deserto, trovane ***** spiritis; li quali *** suoi Diabesichi inganni, creca desuiar li viandanti di lar dritte camino, per fax li pericolare." Passerbys, according to the carovaneers of this desert, find ???? spirits whose diabolical deceptions dissuade (?) the passerby of his direct way and make it (the desert?) dangerous"
 
In his insule nascuntur Omnia genera Aromatica In these islands grow all types of spices. "In queste isole ui nascono Garofoli, Canelli, Note muscate, Pevere (?), Sandali Ambracano et molte altre drogarie. NOTE: A similar inscription is found on Gastaldi's World Map, but not in the area of the Spice Islands, but rather north of the Equator, just east of the St. Lazare Archipeligo. In this island .are hidden cloves (?), cinnaman , (?), peper, aromatic sandlewood and many other spices.