Title/Content of Map: Fessae Et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberr. Date Printed: 1609Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: Hand color, good impression. Spanish text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16 x 20.5 inches
325 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. A copy of this map sold at Old World Auctions in 2013 for $450. More background: Map of Morocco. Title: FES:|SAE, ET | MAROCCHI REG:|NA AFRICAE | CELEBERR. | "describebat | Abrah. Ortelius. | 1595". [[Map] of Fez and the most famous kingdom of Africa, that of Morocco, designed by Abraham Ortelius | 1595.] (Middle bottom:) "Cum Imp. Reg. & Brabantiæ | priuilegio decennali". [With an imperial, royal and Brabant privilege for ten years.] (Inset: 130 x 158 mm) CONGI REGNI | CHRISTIANI, IN | AFRICA, NOVA | DESCRIPTIO. | "Auctore | Philippo Pigafetta". [A new representation of the Christian kingdom of Congo in Africa by Philippo Pigafetta.] ANZICANA, "cuius | populi anthropophagi". [Anzicana, whose inhabitants are cannibals.] (Lower left:) Canariæ insulæ septem sunt numero: | cum insululis verò, undecim. (The Canary islands are seven in number, but together with smaller islands there are in fact eleven]. (From leading Ortelius scholar Marcel van den Broecke.)
Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was a Flemish cartographer & geographer, celebrated as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Ortelius' work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps; this work can therefore be called the first atlas (although the term was not used until 20 years later by Mercator).
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