Carta Esferica del Mar de Las Antillas y de la Costas de Tierra Firme, desde la Isla de Trinidad, hasta el Golfo de Honduras Construida en la Direccion Hidrografica y pubicada de orden superior en Mardrid ano 1805.
1809 (dated) 23 x 35.25 in (58.42 x 89.535 cm)
1 : 3700000
A rare Spanish Dirección de Hidrografía 1809 nautical chart or maritime map of the coasts of Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela. The map covers from the Gulf of Honduras to Panamá and Maracaibo. In extends north to include the island of Jamaica as well as parts of Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and Santo Domingo (Hispaniola). In includes Nicaragua, Veraguas, Venezuela, Caracas, and Cumaná; Governments of Cartagena and St. Marta. Insets detail Cumana (Venezuela) and Truxillo. Soundings throughout.
The map was drawn by Miguel Moreno (fl. 1805 – 1838) and engraved by J. Morata (fl. 1792-1817). Published by the Dirección de Hidrografía in 1805 and, again, as here, 1809. The OCLC list only 2 known examples, in the University of Texas at Arlington and in the archives of the Biblioteca Nacional de España.
La Dirección Hidrográfica (1797-1908) was a Spanish governmental organization dedicated to preparing, compiling, and publishing nautical charts. Its history is closely linked to the Depósito Hidrográfico. After the close of the Casa de Contratación in 1790 there was an acute need for a place to store, publish, and organize Spanish sea charts, especially new discoveries associated with the work of explorers as Jorge Juan (1713-1773), Antonio de Ulloa (1716-1795) and Vicente Tofiño of San Miguel (1732-1795). The Dirección Hidrográfica was founded by Antonio Valdés and Fernandez Bazan. The office was originally located on Calle Ballesta, but relocated to 36 Alcala, both in Madrid. After 1908 the Dirección was subsumed into other governmental agencies.
Good. Map has some discoloration and verso repairs including slight repaired loss at borders. Backed on archival tissue. Trimmed to neatline.