Isolario General ~ 1541-1545
In 1901 the
Geographic Society of Madrid, founded in 1876, and the Spanish
Society of Commercial Geography, created in 1885, merged and
became the Real Sociedad Geogrįphica. The souvenir sheet
features a map from the Isolario General of Alonso of Santa
Cruz (1505-1567). Charles I of Spain (Charles V or the Holy Roman
Empire) did not allow the publication of the Isolario because
he did not want to share such an important and beautiful production.
It remained in manuscript form from 1545 until 2003 when an edition
was published to commemorate the Society. The original is
preserved in the Biblioteca National in Madrid.
The map chosen for the souvenir sheet shows
southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa, with the stamp focused on