Catalog Archive
Auction 101, Lot 463

"Fessae, et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberr.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1595 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 15.4 inches
50.5 x 39.1 cm

Superb map of the famed Barbary coast, the Straight of Gibraltar, the Canary Islands and Madera. Ortelius compiled this map from various sources including Gastaldi and Livio Sanuto. The large inset map of the Congo is enclosed in a strapwork cartouche and was based on Pigafetta's map of 1591. Richly embellished with an elaborate title cartouche, sailing ships and a sea monster. Italian text on verso with the page number 127, indicating a publish date of 1608 or 1612.

References: Van den Broecke #177.

Condition: A

Fine original color. Tissue repair of short fold separations and a small worm hole at center, still very good.

Estimate: $600 - $650

Sold for: $475

Closed on 12/4/2002