LARGE SCALE ENGLISH WORLD MAP BY JOHN SENEX

 

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AUTHOR:

SENEX, JOHN

TITLE:

A Map of the World Corrected from the observations communicated to the Royal Societys of London and Paris by John Senex....

CONDITION:

23” x 42-3/4”. Laid down on later paper with original wooden rollers. Early outline color. Very good condition.

DATE:

London, 1725

DESCRIPTION:

This large scale world map by John Senex was first published in 1711 with his partner John Maxwell, whose name has been erased from the plate for this revised edition, dated 1725. The map was both separately issued and included in Senex’s Modern Geography beginning in 1721. The example being offered here is a later state of the 1725 edition which has been altered to show California as a peninsula instead of an island. Containing much scientific information, Whitfield notes that “this map represents the complete ascendancy of scientific taste in the eighteenth-century twin-hemisphere world map: the map’s borders are filled neither with classical motifs nor even with scientific motifs, but with scientific texts, long and detailed passages from two of the foremost scientists of the day [Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley]”.

REFERENCES:

Wagner, Northwest Coast, 497, 522; Portraits of the World, #47, p.56; Whitfield, The Image of The World, pp. 110-111.

Inventory No. 6072

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