Auction 96, Lot 455

"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 Madeira. The magnificent cartouche features several figures, a strapwork border surrounds the inset and the sea is filled with ships and a large sea monster. Latin text on verso with page #128 indicating a published date of 1612.

References: Van den Broecke #177.

Condition: B

Original color with some oxidation of green and blue. Professionally stabilized with Japanese tissue backing including a couple of small areas of paper loss.

Estimate: $600 - $650

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/12/2001