Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Senex: British Isles

Senex: British Isles
John Senex.
A New Map of Great Britain Corrected from the observations communicated to the Royal Society at London by John Senex F.R.S. 1714.
[London: John Senex, c.1728.]
Engraving on two sheets with original hand colour.  470 x 645mm. Strengthened folds, central fold has repair with paper loss on right side, but good condition considering the size.
A large and colourful map of England, Wales and Scotland, first published in 1708 by Senex in partnership with Charles Price, celebrating the Act of Union the previous year. The flamboyant cartouche contains an imperious portrait of Queen Anne, with a suite of armorials underneath celecbrating the Act.
The dedication is to William Conolly (1662-1729), Speaker of the Irish Parliament, even though Ireland is not shown in detail. Conolly made his fortune buying lands confiscated from the Irish Jacobites and was instumental in keeping control Ireland peaceful after the Williamite War. When he died he was reputed to be the wealthiest man in Ireland.

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