Catalog Archive
Auction 144, Lot 258

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

Subject: Northwestern Africa - Morocco

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

20 x 15.4 inches
50.8 x 39.1 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

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, titled Congi Regni Christiani, in Africa, Nova Descriptio, was based on Pigafetta's map of 1591. The map is richly embellished with an elaborate title cartouche, sailing ships and a sea monster. French text on verso with page number 115.

References: Van den Broecke #177.

Condition: B+

Wide, original margins with all edges gilt, a few small, scattered stains and one tiny hole in sea above Palma.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 4/3/2013