Rare 1721 Hand Colored Engraved MAP OF LOUISIANA AND THE RIVER MISSISSIPPI by John Senex
Important 18th Century Original Hand Colored Engraved Map Entitled A MAP OF LOUISIANA AND THE RIVER MISSISSIPPI by John Senex (1678-1740), one of the principal cartographers of the 18th century
Description: 18th Century Original Hand Colored Engraved Map Entitled A MAP OF LOUISIANA AND THE RIVER MISSISSIPPI by John Senex (1678-1740), one of the principal cartographers of the 18th century | Map is from the New General Atlas Senex published in 1721 | For this map, Senex was influenced by the work of cartographer Guillaume de L’Isle, and was one of the First English Maps to Focus on the Interior Parts of North America | The cartouche contains a dedication to William Law, believed to be a relative of John Law (1671-1729) | Framed and matted under glass | Approx. Dimensions: 21.25″ H x 24.5″ W (53.975 x 62.23cm) | In very good condition.
Pub Date: 1721
Pub Title: 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. Taken from the Best Authors … To which is Prefix’d, An Introduction to Geography … with a Copious Alphabetical Index. The Maps which are all Engraven or Revised by Mr. Senex … London: Printed for Daniel Browne … Thomas Taylor … John Darby … John Senex … William Taylor … Joseph Smith … Andrew Johnston … William Bray … Edward Symon. M.DCC.XXI.
Pub Note: John Senex was one of the leading mapmakers of his day. This General Atlas followed his larger folio atlas as a simplified format. The large amount of text describes the various parts of the world and is especially rich in its descriptions of America. Outline color on most maps.
Literature: John Senex (1678, Ludlow, Shropshire – died 1740, London) was an English cartographer, engraver and explorer. He was the geographer to Queen Anne of Great Britain and creator of the pocket-size map of the world. He owned a business on Fleet Street, where he sold maps. He was one of the principal cartographers of the 18th century. He started his apprenticeship with Robert Clavell, at the Stationers Company, in 1692. Senex is famous for his maps of the world, some of which have added elevations, and which feature minuscule detailed engravings. Many of these maps can be found in museum collections; rarely, copies are available for private sale. Some copies are held in the National Maritime Museum; many of his maps are now in the possession of Trinity College Dublin. In 1721 he published a new general atlas. He used the work of cartographer Guillaume de L’Isle as an influence. In 1728 Senex was elected into the Fellowship of the Royal Society of London.
Additional Notes: For this map, Senex (1678-1740) translated Guillaume Delisle’s 1718 Carte de la Louisiane | The cartouche contains a dedication to William Law, believed to be a relative of John Law (1671-1729) and possibly his brother. John Law bore much of the blame for the financial panic known as the “Mississippi Bubble” with this map appearing around the time of the crisis. Like his brother, William Law the younger (1675-1752) was involved in the administration of both the Banque Generale and the Louisiana Company and was reportedly later imprisoned for fifteen months in the Bastille for corruption.
References: Cumming (SE) #182; Lemmon, Magill & Wiese plt. 21; Wheat (TMW) #100.