Tofino de San Miguel

1789

Antique Map of Cadiz Spain and Cape Trafalgar

Carta Esferica desde Punta Candor, hasta de la Azeytera: Presentada al Rey Nuestro Senor por mano del Exmo sr. Baylio Frey D. Antonio Valdes Secrio de Estado del Despacho Universal de Marina: Construida por el Brigadier de la Real Armada D. Vicente Tofino de S. Miguel, Director des las Academias de Guardias Marinas. Ano 1787.

DESCRIPTION: Finely engraved and printed scarce original Spanish antique nautical chart of Cadiz, Spain and environs from Captain Vincente Tofiño de San Miguel y Van der Walle (1732-1795), Director of the Spanish Naval Academy in Cadiz. Manuscript pencil notations in English below the title cartouche suggest use aboard an English-speaking vessel.

This old sea chart of Cadiz, Spain to Cape Trafalgar was one of 47 charts published in 1789 as part of the first scientific Spanish sea atlas: 'Atlas Maritimo de España' (Maritime Atlas of Spain) by the Dirección de Hidrografía, Spain's equivalent to the U.S. Coast Survey. Prior to the late 18th century Spain jealously guarded nautical maps and charts of its possessions, especially so for its overseas colonies.

Drawn by Bauza. Grabado en Madrid por Joaquin Ballester.

CREATOR: Tofino de San Miguel

PUBLICATION DATE: 1789

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Spain

BODY OF WATER: Strait of Gibraltar

CONDITION: Very Good.  Wide margins. Clean, washed. Solid on heavy paper. Exceptional impression on heavy paper.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: Ballester

SIZE: 21 " x 32 "

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PRICE: $1350


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