Atlas and specialized works
The Library holds over a thousand works on Cartography, Geography, Astronomy, Travel, etc. Worthy of mention is the important collection of Flemish and Dutch, Italian, French and German atlases dating from the 16th to the 19th century, together with similar Spanish works from the 18th and 19th centuries, many of which are deluxe editions and other that are works of special value or rarities for different reasons.
The original assets of the collection comprise the original holdings of the Royal Library, brought by Felipe V from France, and others that were added to the Library from different sources. The collection grew considerably in 1913 with the transfer of assets from the former Geographical Office of the First Secretariat of State or Ministry of State. Equally important is the almost complete collection of the 18th century Spanish cartographer, Tomás López, and the Condeminas collection of books on navigation, donated in 1969.
The Library also preserves a large collection of Spanish and foreign modern atlases, to which new acquisitions are constantly added, and a specialised collection of reference works.