SENEX, John (1678-1740)
A New General Atlas, Containing a geographical and historical account of all the empires, kingdoms and other dominions of the world: with the natural history and trade of each country
London: printed for Daniel Browne, Thomas Taylor, John Darby [etc], 1721. Folio. (20 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches). Mounted on guards throughout. Title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, 3pp. letterpress list of subscribers. 34 engraved double-page maps and town plans (comprising: 31 maps, all hand-coloured in outline, and 3 uncoloured town plans), 14pp. engraved coats-of-arms of the subscribers.
18th-century marbled calf expertly rebacked to style, covers with gilt fillet border, spine in eight compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, the others with repeat decoration of stylized flower and foliage corner-pieces surrounding a lozenge-shaped area tooled with various small tools including crowns and flowerheads, comb-marbled endpapers
Provenance: Dr. Charles Morley (West Basham, Norfolk, England, subscriber, see manuscript note on verso of plate XIII, and by descent to:) Dudley Vere Morley Baldus.
A fine subscriber's copy of an atlas which Sabin notes is "chiefly interesting for the copiousness of its information concerning America."
A fine complete copy of this great atlas, which besides the excellent maps and town plans, includes 393 pages of highly informative and historically important text. Shirley describes the genesis of the atlas: "Proposals for printing were advertised in the 'Post Boy' for October 1718, and the subscribers were invited by means of insertions in other newspapers subsequently. The atlas was claimed to be based on the best authors, particularly Cluverius, Breitius, Cellarius, Blaeu, Baudrand, Hoffman, the two Sansons, Lutys and other geographers. According to the dates on them, several of the maps were engraved between 1719 and the publication of the atlas in 1721. All the maps carry Senex's name, and those stating that they were 'Revis'd by J. Senex' are ... believed to be from plates previously owned or published by Christopher Browne'. The maps of American interest are titled as follows: 1. A New Map of America 2. A New Map of the English Empire in America 3. A New Map of Virginia and Maryland And Improved Parts of Pennsylvania & New Jersey 4. A New Map of the English Empire in the Ocean of America or West Indies 5. A Map of Louisiana and the River Mississippi 6. A Drafft of the Golden & Adjacent Islands, with part of ye Isthmus of Darien as it was taken by Capt. Ienefer... a New Map of ye Isthmus of Darien in America. the Bay of Panama, The Gulf of Vallona.
NMM 3:434; Phillips Atlases 563; Sabin 79124.