Fez and the Kingdom of Morocco


In 1604, a decade after the death of Gerhard Mercator (1512‒94), one of the great cartographers of all time, the globe maker, engraver, and publisher Jodocus Hondius (1563‒1612) bought the plates to Mercator’s atlas from his grandsons. Hondius then worked with his brother-in-law, the engraver Pieter van der Keere, to add about 40 new maps to Mercator’s atlas to create what became known as the “Mercator-Hondius Atlas,” published in Amsterdam in 1606. Later operated by his sons and son-in-law, the publishing house of Jodocus Hondius remained one of the most important firms active in the European map trade until the early 1630s. This decorative map of Morocco with its original coloring is one of those added in the atlas in 1606. It was revised by Hondius, based on an earlier map of Mercator, and engraved by van der Keere. It shows the North African coast of Morocco south to Cape Bojador and extends west to the Canary Islands and Madeira and north to the Spanish coast. In the upper-left corner is an inset showing a high-angled pictorial view of the rock fortress of Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera. Relief is shown pictorially. Scale is given in Spanish leagues and German common miles. Some of the labels are embellished by fine flourishes and the map includes illustrations of sailing ships, a sea monster, castles, churches, and mosques.

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Jodocus Hondius, Amsterdam


Title in Original Language

Fessæ et Marocchi regna

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Physical Description

1 map : hand colored ;  46 x 55 centimeters


  • Scale approximately 1:3,700,000

Last updated: January 17, 2017