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1595 Ortelius Morocco with inset of Pigaffetta's Kingdom of Congo

Place/Date: Antwerp / 1595
$600.
Title: Fessae, et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberr.
Dimensions
57 x 45.7 cm (22.5 x 18 in)
Identifier
NL-00399
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG

Description

Fine map of northwest Africa and the Barbary coast, the Straight of Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, and Madera. Cities are depicted pictorially.

A large inset map (Congi Regni Christiani, in Africa, Nova Descriptio) features the Kingdom of the Congo based on Filippo Pigafetta’s famous map of 1591.

Ortelius compiled this map from various sources, including Gastaldi and Livio Sanuto. Decorated with an elaborate cartouche, sailing ships in the ocean, and a sea monster.

Verso text: Latin.

Cartographer(s)

Abraham Ortelius

Abraham Ortelius was a cartographer and geographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). He was one of the most notable figures of the Dutch school of cartography during its golden age (approximately 1570s–1670s).

Condition Description

Fine; heavy centerfold.

References

Van den Broecke #177.

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