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Abraham Ortelius: Fessae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberr

Map: AFR6057
 
Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius
Title: Fessae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberr
Date: 1598
Published: Antwerp
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: AFR6057
Description:
Beautiful, early map of Morocco embellished with ships, sea monsters and an extravagant cartouche. The Canary Islands and Madeira also feature, and there is an inset map of the Congo based on Pigafetta.

The descriptive text on the verso is French (image available on request). Ortelius describes the country as "most pleasant and fertile" and goes even further when describing Marrakech:
"Marocco [Marrakech] which we said is the chief city of this kingdom, is one of the greatest cities of the whole world, for it is of such a wonderfully large size that during the reign of Hali, the son of Joseph their king, it had more than one hundred thousand family houses.

It has 24 gates around it. Its wall[s], of marvellous thickness, are made of a kind of white stone. There is such an abundance here of churches, colleges, hothouses, and inns that no more can be desired within reason."


[Marcel van den Broecke "Ortelius Atlas Maps, An Illustrated Guide" 2nd Edition: Ort 177] [AFR6057]