Auction 132, Lot 651

"[Lot of 3] Marocchi Regnum [and] Barbaria, et Biledulgerid [and] Presbiteri Johannis sive abysinorum impery descriptio",

Subject: Africa

Period: 1588-1637

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1) Marocchi Regnum, by Mercator/Hondius, from Historia Mundi [1637], hand color ( 7.3 x 5.8"). A very attractive small map of the kingdom of Morocco. The imperial city of Marruecos (Marrakech) is prominently shown. Two exotic birds are perched on the large strapwork title cartouche. English text on verso.

2) Barbaria, et Biledulgerid, by Ortelius/Galle, from Epitome theatri Orteliani, circa 1595, black & white, ( 4.2 x 3.0"). This tiny map of the famed Barbary coast of Africa extends from Morocco to Libya and the western Mediterranean showing the proximity of the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and the southern part of Europe. A number of spurious lakes and rivers are prominently shown in northern Africa. Latin text on verso.

3) Presbiteri Johannis sive abysinorum impery descriptio, by Ortelius/Galle, from Epitome theatri Orteliani, circa 1588, black & white, ( 4.3 x 3.0"). This handsome miniature map of the kingdom of the mythical Christian king, Prester John, is embellished with a galley ship firing on Melinde off the east coast and two elephants on the continent. The source of the Nile is shown as two large lakes. Latin text on verso.

References: 2) King (2nd ed.) p. 65; 3) King (2nd ed.) p. 61.

Condition: A+

There are a few minor spots in the blank margin of #1, else fine.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/2/2010

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