London: John Senex, 1719.
Map. Engraving with hand coloring. 20.25" x 24". Shows some wear at original fold line, and some small tears at bottom edge, image unaffected. In very good condition.
A beautiful map of Sicily. Cities, castles, churches, harbors, and ruins are shown pictographically with a corresponding legend with notes on Aqueducts. An inset at lower left shows a map of Malta ("A Particular Map of the Island of Malta & the Neighbouring Islands").
John Senex (1678-1740) was a kind of Renaissance man of the 18th-century map world, working at times as a scholar, surveyor, engraver, astrologer, book seller and publisher of maps, atlases and globes. In a short period, he developed from an apprentice into one of the most important cartographers of the period and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, as well as Official Geographer to Queen Anne of Great Britain. Although well regarded for his pocket-size maps, Senex is probably best known for his globes, which display a knowledge of astronomy equal to the skill of their craftsmanship. After his death in 1740 his wife Mary continued his business and continued to produce and sell cartographic works of high quality. Together, their work represents a successful and valuable partnership in 18th-century mapmaking and publishing.
Condition: Very Good