London: John Senex, 1719.
Map. Engraving with hand coloring. 21" x 23". Shows some wear at original fold line, image unaffected. In very good condition.
An incredibly detailed map of the Polish Empire from the early 18th century. Spans from Posnan in the west to Novogrod in the west, and from the Gulf of Finland in the north to the northern portions of Hungary and Moldavia in the south. The version of the map is the second edition, originally published in 1710.
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.