Small quarto (195 x 115 mm.), full contemporary calf, ornate blind panelled boards, spine with raised bands, blind ruled compartments. With typographic title page, pp. (8), 124, (8), 16 copperplate maps, in good condition.
This is a later edition of Dionysuys Periegetes’ ‘Geographia’ which first appeared in 1704. It is largely unaltered in content. Edward Wells (1667-1727) was born the son of Edward Wells, the Vicar of Corsham, Wiltshire. Educated at Westminster School from 1680 he won a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1686. He graduated MA in 1693. He went on to have a turbulent career in the ministry, being involved in many controversies of the time. A prolific writer, he translated several religious and secular works from Latin and Greek into English. He also wrote several scientific works on astronomy, chronology, arithmetic and geometry.
The work includes a series of maps, those of the world, Europe, Italy, Africa and Asia illustrated in pairs, those of the ancient and modern world. There are individual maps of the Mediterranean Sea, Greece, Asia Minor, North and South America and the British Isles. Shirley (2004) G.Well 1f.