C1720

A New Map of the World from the latest observations revised by I.Senex most humbly inscribed to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales.

C1720 John Senex’s beautifully engraved and embellished world map. Superb double hemisphere world map, with the title cartouche elaborately surrounded by allegorical figures representing the four continents. The figure of Europe is portrayed as a land of abundance, while Africa … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A New Map of the World from the latest observations revised by I.Senex most humbly inscribed to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales.

Date:

C1720

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

535mm 
x 420mm
AUTHENTICITY
A New Map of the World from the latest observations revised by I.Senex most humbly inscribed to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. - Antique Map from 1720

Genuine antique
dated:

1720

Description:

C1720 John Senex’s beautifully engraved and embellished world map. Superb double hemisphere world map, with the title cartouche elaborately surrounded by allegorical figures representing the four continents. The figure of Europe is portrayed as a land of abundance, while Africa is depicted wearing the elephant headdress and holding the scorpion of the desert sands. Asia the seat of Religion, carries a smoking censer in one hand and a Balsam branch in the other while America is depicted as a robed female Amazonian with a headdress and bow. On the right of the armillary sphere is the mythological figure of Hercules depicted wearing a lion skin and holding an olive wood club. On the left is the figure of Hermes the patron of boundaries and of travellers shown wearing his broad-brimmed hat.

Australia and New Zealand are shown according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his first and second voyage in 1642-1644. In the large sphere America’s north west coast is uncharted and California is shown as an island, whereas in the smaller lower left sphere, California is shown correctly, as a peninsula. 

From Senex, A New General Atlas

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2027855
State Library New South Wales: MMS ID 991024111818902626

John Senex (1690 - 1740)

Born in Ludlow in 1678, then apprenticed to the London bookseller, Robert Clavell, in 1695. Clavell was Master of the Stationers’ Company in 1698. At the end of his apprenticeship in 1702 he begins publishing on his own account. Little is known of his professional life other than that all are of his maps are of the highest standard.

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