Rare separately issued chart of the entrance to the Rio Grande de San Pedro in Brazil, based upon a manuscript chart drawn by Pedro d Elola, drawn during the Spanish-Portugese War in early 1777.
Includes a note with sailing directions, soundings, shoals, place names, compass rose and other details.
The map was prepared by Tomas Lopez from original manuscript maps and information drawn from the expedition of Pedro Rodriguez Cevallos (November 1776 to August 1777), which Lopez had obtained through Pedro Rodriguez Campomanes, the director of the Real Academia de la Historia (Madrid), which retained the original manuscripts. In turn, Lopez presented 2 copies of his newly printed map to the Academia on October 3, 1777.
Tomas Lopez (1730-1802) was one of Spain’s most prominent cartographers in the eighteenth century. Along with a small cadre of Spanish geographers, Tomas sought training in Paris and studied under Juan Bautista Bourguignon d’Anville. When he returned to Spain he was named geografo de los dominios de Su Magestad and placed in charge of the geographic collections of Charles III. Some of his most famous maps are those of regions of the Iberian Peninsula. At the end of his life, he embarked on a project of a grand atlas of Spain. The project was finished by his children.