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