Auction 165, Lot 712

"Fessae et Marocchi Regna", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 13.9 inches
47.5 x 35.3 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. This is the first of two maps of the region that were made for Mercator's Atlas. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8615:1A.

Condition: A

Full original color with minor toning, archivally repaired centerfold separations confined to the top and bottom blank margins, and a couple of short edge tears that have also been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $250

Closed on 11/15/2017