Auction 149, Lot 333

"Plano de la Ciudad de Panama, y Su Arrabal", Lopez de Vargas Machuca, Thomas (don)

Subject: Panama City, Panama

Period: 1789 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 15.3 inches
41.4 x 38.9 cm

This scarce plan was published by one of the most distinguished Spanish cartographers of the eighteenth century, Lopez de Vargas Machuca (1730-1802), who was Geographer to the King of Spain. This bird's-eye plan depicts the fortress of Panama City, including some parts of the city outside the fortifications. A key at top right identifies 34 buildings and features, and a note below the title describes the location and gives a brief history of the city. A very uncommon map, as few Spanish maps were ever published.

References: Kapp (MCC-73) #88; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LOP-3a, Vol. 2 #35.

Condition: A

Original color on a bright sheet of watermarked paper with two minor printer's creases at top right and a few small spots confined to blank margins.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $600

Closed on 5/21/2014