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1757 Schley Map of Acapulco Bay, Mexico


1757 Schley Map of Acapulco Bay, Mexico


Beautiful bird's eye-view of Acapulco Mexico.



  1757 (undated)    9.5 x 13.5 in (24.13 x 34.29 cm)


This is a beautiful c. 1757 map of Acapulco de Juarez, commonly known as Acapulco, Mexico by Jan van Schley. Features the Acapulco Bay and its fortified port in incredible detail. Important buildings, forests and mountains are depicted in profile, give a bird’s eye-view of the bay. A key with the locations marked on the map is included in the bottom left quadrant.

At the time this map was issued, Acapulco was a strategically important starting point for all Spanish trade across the Pacific. Until Anson's capture of the Neustra Senora de Covadonga, the Spanish dominated Acapulco-Manila route was the only viable link between the New World and the rich markets of Asia. Anson captured the Spanish treasure galleon not far from Acapulco as it began its trans-oceanic voyage. The event marked the decline of Spanish hegemony in the Pacific and the rise of the Great Britain as a regional power.

This map was published in Antoine-Francois Prevosts’ 1757 edition of L’Histoire Generale des Voyages.


Jacob Van der Schley (1715 - 1779) was a prominent Dutch engraver and draftsman based out of Amsterdam. Schley apprenticed under portrait engraver Bernard Picart, whose style he imitated. He is said to have completed several of Picart's portraits following his master's death. While Schley is primarily known for his work as a portraitist and illustrator, he also has a considerable cartographic corpus. He is known to have worked with Bellin, Hondt, and Provost, among others.


Hondt, P., L`Histoire Generale des Voyages, c.1757.    


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines.


OCLC 164344522.
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