1700 Martineau Map of Spain and Portugal
Description: An uncommon c. 1700 map of Spain and Portugal. The map covers the entirety of Iberia as well as adjacent portions of Frances and Africa, and the disproportionally outsized Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca. An elaborate allegorical title cartouche appears in the lower right quadrant representing a queen accepting offerings from various subjects who themselves seem to be emerging from the sea. This is possibly suggestive of the wealth generated from Spain’s vast New World empire. The map is surrounded by sixteen armorial crests representing Portugal and the various regions of Spain. This map is ascribed to one ‘Chacune’ of whom we have been able to identify no specific references. It was prepared for Martineau du Plessis’ Nouvelle Geographie, published in 1700.
Date: 1700 (undated)
Source: Martineau du Plessis, Nouvelle Geographie, ou Description Exacte de l'Univers (George Gallet, Directeur de l'Imprimerie des Huguetan), vol 2, 1700.
References: Bibliotheque Nationale de France: Réserve A 200 189
Cartographer: Martineau Du Plessis (fl. c. 1700) was a French geographer and schoolmaster from Fontenay, possibly Fontenay-le-Comte. He is best known for his multivolume geography, Nouvelle Geographie issued in 1700. Little else is known of his life. Click here for a list of rare maps by Martineau de Plessis.
Size: Printed area measures 8.25 x 6 inches (20.955 x 15.24 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original fold lines. Blank on Verso.
Code: Espagne-martineau-1700 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)