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SENEX, John

The Roads through England Delineated or Ogilby's Survey, Revised, Improved, and Reduced to a Size portable for the Pocket

John Bowles and Son at the Black Horse in Cornhill, London, 1759
Oblong quarto (180 x 230 mm), contemporary full limp calf with folding flap, light wear. With engraved title, eight pages of text and explanation, engraved general map of England and Wales and 101 engraved road strip maps printed back-to-back, with light crease to centre, some light toning to the final leaf, otherwise in good condition.
John Senex (c.1678-1740) was geographer to Queen Anne and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He began his career as a bookseller, 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. In 1719 Senex published a pocket version of John Ogilby’s ‘Britannia’ road book entitled ‘An Actual Survey Of all the Principal Roads of England and Wales’. It contained reductions of the originals suitable for carrying. It was published again by his widow Mary in 1743, closely followed with two further editions. From around 1748 the plates were acquired by John Bowles & Son. It was issued by them again c.1753, then as ‘The Roads Through England Delineated’ in 1757 and again in 1759 as offered here. Further editions were to appear in 1762 and c.1765 by John Bowles alone. There were even later editions at the hands of Robert Wilkinson. Provenance: private English collection. Bennett (1996) pp. 37-9; not in Chubb (1927); Fordham (1924) p. 18; refer Shirley (2004) T.Sen 3a (this edition not in the BL); Smith, D. (1991a & b) ‘Road Map Confusion Revisited’, in ‘IMCoS Journal’ no. 45, pp. 6-11 & no. 47 pp. 29-39.
Stock number: 10142

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