"Fessae Regnum", Hondius/Purchas
Subject: Northwestern Africa
Period: 1625 (published)
Publication: Purchas His Pilgrimes...
Color: Hand Color
7.5 x 6.1 inches
19.1 x 15.5 cm
This charming small map of Morocco and Algeria is approximately centered on Fes and extends south to Beninia and Nussini and north to the Strait of Gibraltar. A bold strapwork title cartouche and an intricate sailing ship embellish the map. On a full sheet of English text (8.2 x 12.5").
At the beginning of the 17th century, Samuel Purchas, an English cleric, set out to publish a compendium of voyages to foreign countries. To illustrate his work, Purchas obtained the rights to use Jodocus Hondius' copperplates from Atlas Minor. Over 60 maps were included in Purchas His Pilgrimes, most of which were from Hondius' plates, with English titles inserted above them. Purchas also had a few additional maps engraved, including those for India, China, Greenland, North America, and Nova Scotia.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUR-1a #16.
A crisp impression with a light dampstain along the top sheet edge, away from the map image.