A scarce, large, and highly detailed 1858 nautical chart or maritime map of the Bahamas by the Spanish Direccion de Hidrografia. Centered on Andros Island, the largest of the Bahama family, the map covers from Grand Bahama to Cuba and from Florida to Exuma. The map is a combination of Spanish and foreign surveys, which have been combined to produce a chart of extraordinary detail. The Florida coast is illustrated in special detail from, roughly, modern day Vero Beach, to Matecumbe Key. Fort Jupiter, Boca Raton, The Miami River, Fort Lauderdale, and For Dallas are all noted. The Bahama Bank itself is dense with thousands of sounding. The Cuba coast, is also illustrated with exceptional detail.
The text was engraved by C. Marquerie and the map was engraved and construed by Juan Noguera. This map was issued by the Spanish Direccion de Hidrografia under the supervision of Don José Ma. De Quesada.
The Direccion Hidrografía (1787 - 1927), also known as the Deposito Hydrografico and the Direction de Hidrografía, was the Spanish equivalent of the British Admiralty or the U.S. Coast Survey. This organization, founded in 1787, was commissioned to collect and produce accurate nautical charts of all waters frequented by Spanish vessels. In essence, it replaced the Casa de la Contratación de las Indias (House of Trade of the Indies), which closed its doors in 1790. Like most such organizations, the Direccion Hidrografía marked a new age in cartography. Rather than simply collect charts created by navigators, explorers, and merchants, the Direccion Hidrografía worked closely with naval and military personnel to mount cartographic and hydrographic expeditions in pursuit of the most accurate hydrographical, astronomical, and geodetic measurements. The Direccion Hidrografía created a massive library of nautical charts that, though not nearly as common as similar nautical charts by the U.S. Coast Survey and British Admiralty, are highly desirable for the beauty of their manufacture as well as their accuracy and detail. 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. In 1927 the Direccion was absorbed into the Institute and Observatory of San Fernando, located in Cadiz. The library of original maps, charts, and journals was transferred to the Naval Museum of Madrid - where it resides to this day.
Juan Noguera (fl. c. 1850 – 1860) was a Spanish draftsman and engraver based in Madrid during the middle part of the 19th century. Noguera drafted and engraved maps for Francisco Coello, Direccion de Hidrografia, and others. Juan Noguera should not be confused with Clemente Noguera, who was also a senior line-engraver at the Direccion de Hidrografia. The two engravers may or may not be related. Clemente was significantly oder than Juan, and may have been an older relative.
Very good. Light staining. A couple of navigation marks associated with a working nautical chart.