Striking large format map of Ibiza, published by Tomas Lopez, in Madrid, in 1778.
Lopez's map is one of the largest and rarest separately published maps of Ibiza. The map is based upon a larger map compiled by Don Josef Garcia Martinez in 1768, reduced by Lopez to this remarkably detailed 2 sheet map of the island. Garcia Martinez compiled his Descripción geográfico-histórica de la isla y real fuerza de Ibiza, que acompaña al mapa general de la misma levantado por don Josef García Martínez, capitán e ingeniero ordinario de los reales ejércitos, firmado con fecha 18 de enero de 1766 (Geographical and historical description of the island of Ibiza . . . accompanying the general map of the island . . . ) , an important manuscript work of the period. Lopez utilized this manuscript map in producing his two sheet map.
Tomas Lopez was the most important commercial mapmaker working in Spain in the 18th Century. He was one of a group of printers trained in Paris in the middle of the 18th Century, and would become the official mapmaker to the King of Spain and produced the most important and prolific map published, while working in Madrid, in the second half of the 18th Century.
Unlike most major European mapmakers, Lopez never published a formal large format atlas. Instead, his maps were available for sale individually or bound up individually to order. Accordingly, it is believed that no two surviving atlases of Lopez maps are the same. Because the maps were primarily sold as individual sheets, all of Lopez's maps are quite rare on the market. This is the first example of Lopez's map of Ibiza we have ever seen on the market.
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.