Exceedingly Rare & Large 1801 Yucatán Map

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322. [MAP]. LÓPEZ [DE VARGAS MACHUCA], Tomás. Mapa Geográfico de la Península y Provincia de Yucatán segun las Mejores Noticias y mapas del Pais remitido por los [naturales] dado á luz en la mejor forma, Por D. Tomás Lopez Geógrafo de S.M. de varias academias Madrid año 1801; [lower left below neat line] Se hallará este en Madrid con todas sus obras y las de sus hijos, frente a la Casade los Gremios; [upper left (with continuation below)]: Explicacion del Plano de Provincia de Yucatan... (list of churches)]. Madrid, 1801. Copper-engraved map with outline coloring in red and green shading. Neat line to neat line: 59.5 x 70 cm; overall sheet size: 62 x 73.5 cm. Cut in 24 sections and mounted on contemporary cartographical linen. Rough condition, staining, wormholes (with a few losses), two old ink manuscript corrections, one showing the mouth of Rio Pacatún, and the other showing the course of Rio Concepción. No sales records or present internet offerings. OCLC lists copies at the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

     First edition. Kapp, Central America 80. Palau 140538. Not in El Territorio Mexicano or Antochiw, Historia de cartográfica de la peninsula de Yucatán (nor in his library, now at Monterrey Tech). Checking Phillips, it does not appear that the present map was issued in an atlas. According to Antochiw, this rare map has been extremely useful in research relating to Mesoamerican archaeology and anthropology. This is the only copy we have seen.

     A little-known but important Spanish cartographer, López (1731-1802) was born in Madrid, studied geography in Paris (where he was a disciple of Dheulland), and served as official Royal Geographer to Carlos III. López was influenced by the expanding realms of scientific knowledge in his day and attempted to bring the latest methodology to his cartographic work. He wrote numerous works of geography, drew many maps, and produced several atlases in the latter half of the eighteenth century, including Atlas de España (Madrid, 1757), Atlas de la América Septentrional (Paris, 1758), Atlas geográfico (Madrid, 1758), Atlas elemental (1792), etc.


Sold. Hammer: $1,500.00; Price Realized: $1,837.50.

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