Cary Spain and Portugal 1807


John Cary “A New Map of Spain and Portugal Divided into their Respective Kingdoms and Provinces From the Latest Authorities” London: John Cary, 1807. Engraving. Original hand color. 17 1/4 x 19 1/2. Very good condition.


A detailed map of Spain and Portugal by John Cary (ca. 1754-1835), the founder of the famous English cartographic firm. From about mid-way through the eighteenth century, British cartographers were the best in the world, and the maps produced by Cary are good examples of the quality they achieved. Cary was very concerned with the changing political situation in the world, so this map shows this in Iberia to that date. Rivers, towns, political divisions, and topography are presented with crisp engravings, the hachuring giving the map a three-dimensional appearance. The subtle hand coloring adds a decorative touch to this fine early nineteenth century historic document.