Auction 93, Lot 345

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

Subject: Morocco

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm

Richly embellished map of Morocco with a large inset titled "Congi Rigni Christiani, in Africa, Nova Descriptio" based on Pigafetta's map of the Congo made in 1591. The main map is Ortelius' own compilation based on the work of Gastaldi and Livio Sanuto. Includes the Canary islands and Madera. The magnificent cartouche features several figures, the inset is surrounded by a strapwork border and the sea is filled with ships and a large sea monster. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #177.

Condition: A

Expert repair on centerfold, with lovely color.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/6/2000