Auction 122, Lot 792

"Fezzae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberrima", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13 x 10 inches
33 x 25.4 cm

This is a small version of Blaeu's decorative map of Morocco oriented with north on the right and including the Strait of Gibraltar. It is based on the cartography of Abraham Ortelius who is credited in the cartouche. The Atlantic is filled with five sailing ships, including two engaged in battle. Two dancing satyrs brandishing their javelins flank the large title cartouche.

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Condition: B

Nice impression and attractive coloring. There are a couple of light spots of irregular toning and a repaired centerfold separation into the map, otherwise it is very good. Right margin with two short tears repaired with tissue on verso.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/5/2007

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