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An uncommon Spanish world atlas by Thomas Lopez de Vargas Machuca (1730-1802). He was one of several young Spaniards sent to Paris by the Marquis de la Ensenada to study cartography under Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville. It had been determined that Spanish cartography required more geographers so that a scientific mapping could be undertaken. After nine years he was called back to Spain by which time Ensenada had been dismissed. Setting up by himself he began publishing maps of Spanish domains. He became Royal Geographer to King Charles III of Spain.

The world atlas published in 1792 consists of 2 celestial diagrams, a world map, 12 of Europe, 3 Asia, 3 Africa and 4 America. Finally, there are two ancient ones of Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. Liter Mayayo (1992); Palau 140502; Phillips (1909-) 677.

LOPEZ DE VARGAS MASHUCA, Thomas

Atlas Elemental Moderno, o Coleccion de Mapas, para Ensenar a los Ninos Geografia; con una idea de la Esfera por don Tomas Lopez, Geografo de los Dominios de S.M, de varias Academias

Madrid, 1792
Octavo (210 x 175 mm.), full contemporary marbled calf, spine with gilt ruled bands and red calf gilt title label, marbled endpapers. With engraved title page, pp. 24, with 2 engraved plates and 25 engraved maps in early outline colour,
Stock number: 10882
£ 1,500
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