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Auction 183, Lot 512

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

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm
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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. German text on verso, published in 1602.

References: Van den Broecke #177.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on paper with a coat of arms watermark, a few minor spots, and trimmed close to neatline at bottom, as issued. There are some pencil notations in the blank margins.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/9/2021