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Rare Spanish edition of De Vaugondy's map of America.

The map was apparently created to illustrate a Spanish edition of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon's natural history.

The map credits Juan de la Cruz Cano y Olmedilla, whose 9 sheet map of South America was the most important map of the continent in the second half of the 18th Century.

Cruz Cano was one of Spain's most important mapmakers.  He was awarded a scholarship by Don Zenón de Somodevilla and Bengoechea, Marquis de la Ensenada, to learn mapmaking in Paris, where he studied techniques of engraving with the famous cartographer Jean Baptiste Bourgignon d´Anville.