Auction 148, Lot 731

"Fezzae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberrima, describebat Abrah: Ortelius", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication: Newe Archontologia…

Color: Hand Color

13.1 x 10.1 inches
33.3 x 25.7 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.

References: Phillips (A) #58-91.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a tiny hole near the border of Fez and Morocco. The lower margin has some tissue repairs on the verso.

Estimate: $240 - $300


Closed on 2/19/2014