Auction 130, Lot 786

"Fessae et Marocchi Regna", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1615 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 14 inches
48.3 x 35.6 cm

This is one of the most decorative maps of the important kingdoms of Fez and Morocco. A large inset titled Penon de Velez shows the Spanish fort off the Barbary Coast. The map extends into the Atlantic to include the Canary Islands and Madeira. It is richly engraved and embellished with three strapwork cartouches and the sea is filled with ships and a sea monster. French text on verso.

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Condition: A

There is some minor toning in blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/2/2009

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