Detailed map of Spain and Portugal by one of the Iberian Peninsula's best mapmakers, Don Tomas Lopez.
The map is dedicated to King Ferdinand VII, here with his title "Prince of Asturias", who would play a key role in Spain's tumultuous politics of the decades the followed the publication of the map. He was deposed by Napoleon in 1808, during the Peninsular War, but eventually regained power in 1813, suspending the Constitution of 1812. His power was substantially curbed in 1820, but he was restored to absolute power by a French intervention in 1823 after the Congress of Vienna. Upon his death in 1833, the country was plunged into civil war.
This is the second edition of this map, first published in 1770. The date has been changed as well as the text block in the lower-left corner. The text in the bottom left describes the sources Lopez used in creating this map.
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.