Antique maps and prints of Spain & Portugal

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of Spain and Portugal, the Iberian Peninsular. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

To read about prints, views and antique maps of the Iberian Peninsular, click here.

Antique maps of Spain & Portugal

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Landscape prints and illustrations of Spain & Portugal

About prints, maps and views of the Iberian Peninsular

Spain and Portugal have a long and colourful history, which is reflected in the rich selection of antique Spanish and Portuguese maps, prints and charts.

Hispania is the Latin name for the Iberian peninsula, which was under Roman rule from about 200BC. In 711 Muslim forces invaded and in seven years conquered the Iberian peninsula. It became one of the great Muslim civilisations; reaching its summit with the Umayyad caliphate of Cordovain the tenth century. Muslim rule declined after that and ended in 1492 when Granada was conquered.

The Spanish Empire expanded with the colonisation of Central America  after the  arrival of Chrispher Columbus in 1492

Portugal was named after the city of Porto,  whose Latin name was Portus Cale. The Umayyad Caliphate  ruled the Iberian Peninsula from  711 until 1249  when the Algarve was recaptured by the  Christians. This was the  reconquista period. Portugal spearheaded the European exploration of the world under the guidance of Prince Henry the navigator.

The Roman Catholic Chursh instituted the Inquisition  to combat heresay .Towards the end of the middle ages, persecution of Jewish and Muslem  converts to Catholicism was the special concern of the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions, because of the belief that they secretly practiced their old faiths, resulting in cruel methods of torture to extract confessions.

Voyage Pittoresque et Historique de l’Espagne, or Picturesque Voyage of Spain, was the most magnificent, extensive, and accurate work published on Spain to that date by Alexandre de Laborde, attaché at the French embassy in Spain. There are 5 copperplate engravings above, including the Col de Balaguer which served as the frontispiece to one of the volumes. This was published shortly before the French forces occupied Portugal in 1807. This led to the Peninsular war which ended with the defeat of Napoleon in 1814.

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Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.