Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 352

"Carta Maritima del Reyno de Tierra Firme u Castilla del Oro Comprehende el Istmo y Provincia de Panama; las Provincias de Veragua, Darien y Biruquete", Lopez, Juan (don)

Subject: Panama

Period: 1785 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 14.2 inches
38.9 x 36.1 cm

This is a rare Spanish map of western Panama, from Portobelo to the Costa Rican border. Rivers and mountain ranges running primarily from north to south fill the region. Towns are labeled along the coasts, with several roads depicted around Panama City. A flaming Volcan Baru is shown along the border with Costa Rica, despite the fact that it is not believed to have erupted since 500 AD. A block of text in the Pacific Ocean attributes the cartography to d'Anville, de Herrera, Bellin, Jefferys, and others. This is the western sheet of a two-sheet map.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LOP-2a #75.

Condition: A

A fine impression with wide margins on deckle-edged paper. There is a printer's crease adjacent to the block of text.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $950

Closed on 11/19/2014