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1846 Lopez City Map or Plan of Madrid, Spain

Plano de Madrid. - Main View

1846 Lopez City Map or Plan of Madrid, Spain


Rare and striking city plan of Madrid.


Plano de Madrid.
  1846 (dated)     20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.96 cm)     1 : 7500


This is a beautiful 1846 Pedro Martín de López city map or plan of Madrid, Spain. The map depicts the city from the Manzanares River to Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro) and from the Puerta de Bilbao to the Puerta de Toledo. Presented in exceptional detail and fine engraving, over 180 different locations are numerically identified numerically. Streets throughout the city are labeled, including the Calle Mayor. An inset of Madrid and its environs is situated in the upper right corner. Three views, illustrating the Fuente de la Cibeles, the Real Palacio, and the Puerta de San Vicente are included along the bottom border and separated by the Coat of Arms of Spain and Madrid.
Census and Publication History
This plan of Madrid was published by Pedro Martín de López and published by the Establecimiento Geográfico de López in 1846 from a plan created by Pedro Lezcano y Carmoa and Juan López (1765 -1830) in 1812, and reissued in 1825. The map has here been updated significantly to reflect urban development to 1846. The index, which on the 1812 and 1825 editions was under the map, here has been replaced by vignette illustrations. For those interested in a key to the numerical identifies, please consult the digitized BNF 1825 example, btv1b8442126c.

This is an extremely rare piece, as only three institutions currently hold an example, none of which are outside of Spain. We are aware of no instances when the map has entered the private market.


Pedro Martín de López (fl. c. 1835 - 1856) was a Spanish cartographer and publisher based in Madrid. The nephew of Tomás López (1730 - 1802), Martín de López was known for making small format globes before taking over the family publishing house Establecimiento Geográfico de López after his uncles Juan (1765 - 1830) and Tomás Mauricio (1776 - 1835) left the business. Martín de López is also known for republishing updated versions of previously created maps, or, in the case of French cartographer Auguste Henry Dufour's map of Spain, Martín de López simply republished it retitled as 'Map of Spain and Portugal'. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Dissected and mounted on linen in 15 panels. Blank on verso. Accompanied by original slipcase.


Intituto Geográfico Nacional 13-I-2. OCLC 431351413.