‘Fezzae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberrima’ is taken from the publication ‘Africa: Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of AEgypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid…’ (1670), written by John Ogilby (1600-1676). Publisher and geographer Ogilby produced a series of atlases covering the entire world, the first of which was ‘Africa’. This was followed by ‘Atlas Japannensis’ (1670), ‘America’ (1671), ‘Atlas Chinensis’ (1671), and ‘Asia’ (1673). Ogilby's input was to compile existing maps and translations of written accounts of the regions by other authors, a common practice at that time. His work both helped to establish, and reflected, a growing public interest in distant places and foreign peoples.
Attributing 17th-century maps to the cartographer who produced them is problematic as it was common for maps to be redrawn several times, often with minor alterations, for subsequent publications. ‘Africae Celeberrima’ is a modified version of a map by the same name, drawn by Dutch cartographer, atlas maker and publisher Willem Janszoon~Blaeu and published in 1640. Blaeu credited Abraham Ortelius' earlier map as the main source of the data.
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