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John Senex (c.1678-d.1740) was geographer to Queen Anne and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He began his career as a book seller later becoming an engraver and publisher. In 1714 he published the large folio “English Atlas” which was followed by the folio “New General Atlas” of 1721 offered here. The proposal for the atlas was advertised in the “London Gazette” for 14–18 October 1718, announcing its publication “shall be finished by Easter Term next”. It did not appear until 1721. It is one of the earliest of all English world atlases and is particularly noted for its American content. Sabin noted that the atlas was “chiefly interesting for the copiousness of its information concerning America”. Notable maps include later states of Robert Morden and Christopher Browne’s “A New Map of the English Empire in America” and Christopher Browne’s “Virginia and Maryland”. Provenance: bookplate of Sir William Fleming dated 1716. Burden (2007) nos. 694 & 750; Phillips 563; Sabin 79124; Sanderson 434; Shirley BL T.Sen 2a.

A New General Atlas, Containing a Geographical and Historical Account Of All the Empires, Kingdoms, and other Dominions of the World.

Daniel Browne, Thomas Taylor, John Darby, John Senex, William Taylor, Joseph Smith, Andrew Johnston, William Bray and Edward Symon, London, 1721
Folio, half calf, contemporary marbled boards, rebacked gilt spine. With 34 double-page maps (3 of which are town plans), coloured in outline and mounted on stubs. Title page and dedication leaf laid down; subscribers’ leaves remargined on stubs, 1 repaired with minor loss; 1 map (various West Indian Islands) cropped with some loss of image; some light water staining.
Stock number: 1671


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