Lopez’s rare chart of Puerto-Rico
By LOPEZ, Tomas, 1785
Plano de Puerto-Rico Dale a Luz Don Tomas Lopez Geografo de los Dominios de S. M. Madrid Ano de 1785.
- Author: LOPEZ, Tomas
- Publication place: Madrid
- Publication date: 1785.
- Physical description: Two engraved charts on one map sheet, original hand-colour.
- Dimensions: 370 by 410mm (14.5 by 16.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 3179
Tomas Lopez de Vargas Machuca (1731–1802) was a Spanish publisher and the leading cartographer of the age. He studied with Jean-Baptiste Bouguignon d’Anville in Paris, before returning to his native Madrid in 1760, when he established the only independent cartographic publishing house in Spain in 1760. He began making maps for the Bourbon kings and became Royal Geographer to King Carlos III in 1780. He was even authorised to create a geographic agency for the secretary of state in 1795.