Joan Martines

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      Joan Martines, a Mallorcan cartographer, lived and worked in Messina, Sicily from 1556-1587. In 1591 Philip II of Spain made him the Royal Cartographer and he moved to Naples. He produced more than thirty charts and atlases between 1550 and 1591.
     The map of Southeast Asia is based on Martines' atlas of 1587. Martines' map is based, in turn, on Mercator's chart of the world of 1569.

SCN 1085

     The map on this stamp shows very little land or coastline to identify it. It may also be from the 1587 atlas.

SCN 1089

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