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1853 Coello Map of Cuba

Isla de Cuba. - Main View

1853 Coello Map of Cuba


The finest map of Cuba to appear in the 19th century.


Isla de Cuba.
  1853 (dated)     31 x 42 in (78.74 x 106.68 cm)     1 : 1000000


A fine example of Francisco Coello de Portugal y Quesada's massive 1853 map of Cuba. Coello's map is the first scientifically produced Spanish map of Cuba and is presented on a previously unseen scale. The topography is the work of Camilo Alabern and the map was drawn by Pascual Madoz. The map features 11 inset regional plans including 8 detailed city plans with streets and individual buildings identified. Parts of the Grand Bahama Bank and Florida Keys are also noted. There are countless depth soundings as well as extensive textual annotations throughout. Engraved in Madrid for Coello's unfinished opus Atlas de España y sus posesiones de Ultramar. There are two different issues of this map, the deluxe dissected issue, as seen here, and a standard issue folded example.


Francisco Coello de Portugal y Quesada (1822 - September 30, 1898) was a Spanish cartographer, explorer, and military engineer active in the mid-19th century. Coello was born in Jaen, Spain and joined the military in 1833, enrolling at the Special Army Corps of Engineers Academy of Guadalajara. Upon graduating with honors he joined Corps of Military Engineers where after serving in the First Carlist War, and later in Algeria, he attained the rank of Colonel. Coello later founded the Geographical Society of Madrid and served many years as its president. He was also a corresponding member of the American Geographical Society and a full member of the Real Sociedad Geográfica de España. Coello's greatest work, his monumental Atlas de España y sus posesiones de Ultramar, was truncated by his death in 1898 and consequently never completed. Nevertheless, the work is of historical significance as the first scientifically produced maps of Spain, Cuba, and Porto Rico. More by this mapmaker...


Coello, F., Atlas de España y sus posesiones de Ultramar, (Madrid) 1853.    


Very good. Dissected and mounted on linen.


Rumsey 5011.001. Phillips (Atlases) 9323, 3137.