John Senex SPAIN & PORTUGAL
A Correct Map of Spain & Portugal according to the newest observations and discoveries comunicated to the Royal Society at London nd the Royal Academy at Paris......Queen. [London 1708 -1714]
Copperplate engraved map with original hand full body colour. Ornate title cartouche (bottom right), incprporating putti figures. Some discolouration along lower folds.
24 5/8 x 36 1/2 (62.5 x 92.7 cm.)
A large and impressive map of the Iberian peninsula from the very rare 'English Atlas' of John Senex, which was first issued from about 1710 as a collection of maps but not with a title page until 1714. There is no date on this map indicating the maps were in preparation for some time before. The map being printed on two sheets and then joined. Scales of English miles & Spanish leagues. The large scale allows for considerable detail incorporting both topographical features; large & smaller towns and villages, primary roads, together with political boundaries. The line showing the coastline of N.E. Spain & S.E. France as described by Sanson and Dutch cartographers is also delineated. The Balearic Islands and some 22 vessels and ships may also be seen.
This is one of the last maps to show Gibraltar as part of Spain for the peninsula & rock were captured by the British in 1704 during the war of Spanish Succession, it was made a British colony under the treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
John Senex 1678 - 1740, was an astronomer and map maker, and was also an engraver, publisher of globes and maps, surveyor and geographer to Queen Anne. A contemporary of Hermann Moll, and his work bears some resemblance to that of his colleague. In conjunction with Charles Price and James Maxwell (1708-14) he produced some fine maps of the world and the continents as well as loose maps of various countries. Apart from these he seems to have had a particular interest in road maps and in 1719 he issued a corrected edition of Ogilby's Britannia in miniature form which went through many editions.