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Exceptional dark impression of this rare map of America, published in Spain. This is a later state, with a substantially (perhaps completely) reengraved cartouche, compared with the one other example that we have previously handled.

The map shows a large Bay of the West and follows De L'Isle's map of America from the mid 18th Century. The cartography of the NW Coast of America follows Buache's maps, showing a large Sea of the West, with reference to Juan De La Fuca and Martin Aguilar. The interior detail shows a massive Mississippi Watershed, draining well over North America and reaching to New York and Pennsylvania with its eastern tributaries and probingly for a Northwest Passage to the West. The Solomon Islands are shown as are the Islands Discovered by Davide English in 1627.

While the map's cartography is fascinating and the Spanish nomenclature quite unusual, it is certainly the spectacular dark impression and massive margins that make this map truly remarkable. We have seen the map only once before, in poor condition, making this find quite exciting. Ornate decorative cartouche.

Two prior mentions in dealer catalogs in the past 25 years, neither of which could identify the maker.

Condition Description
Old wash color. Dissected and laid on linen with newer marbled-paper case. Some minor soiling.
Tomás López Biography

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.