Oxford: WELLS, Edward, 1712. R. Spofforth. unbound. Map. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 14 3/8" x 19.5" very good.
Beautiful dark impression of France as divided by Julius Caeser. Includes inset of France divided according to Caesar's Commentaries. Published in "A New Sett of Maps Both of Antient and Present Geography". Edward Wells (1667-1727), a mathematician and geographer, dedicated this atlas to the young Duke of Gloucester, son of the future Queen Anne. The Duke (age 11) was studying at Oxford at the time of printing and his tutelage may account for Wells' unusually sparse style. Instead of focusing on grand decoration, perhaps Wells used a simpler approach for educational purposes. Minor overall toning and light stain to upper right corner. Minor chipping and a few tears to edges. Tears to top and bottom center have been stabilized with tissue. Tiny circular worm hole to lower right margin.