Double-page engraved sheet with four hand-colored 18th century maps of Jamaica, including a map of Kingston showing major roads, the main plaza now known as Saint William Grant Park, the church, and the two cemeteries for foreigners and negros; a map of Port Royal depicting roads, Fort Charles, the Hanover trench, the city walls, the shipyard and ship warehouses, the plaza, and the church; a map of the port of Bluefields including the town of Savana la Mar, Bluefield Bay, rivers, and other small coastal towns; and a map of the ports of Kingston and Port Royal with Hunts Bay, the Great Salt Pond, and major roads and rivers. 15-1/2 by 18 inches sheet size. Two small tears at lower margin with old tape residue and staining. Madrid, 1782.
In creating these rare maps of Jamaica, López took information from earlier projections by Jacques Bellin and Thomas Jefferys. Together with his father, Tomás López de Vargas Machuca, Juan was responsible for Spain's most prolific output of eighteenth-century maps and charts. Very scarce; as of January 2018, WorldCat locates two holdings in North America with one of the four maps each. Book ID: 48789