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Nice example of this scarce large format map of Asia by Senex. The map is most remarkable for its detail in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Larrones Isles, New Guinea and in its early illustration of the North Coastline of Australia. Large decorative dedication cartouche and two other cartouches. Also shows Land of Compagnia and Land of Yedso in tentative fashion, north of Japan, none of which have complete coastlines. A marvelous large format map. A bit of mis-folding, and a minor repaired tear at the lower centerfold amd very minor dampstaining at the corners, else a nice example.

John Senex Biography

John Senex (1678-1740) was one of the foremost mapmakers in England in the early eighteenth century. He was also a surveyor, globemaker, and geographer. As a young man, he was apprenticed to Robert Clavell, a bookseller. He worked with several mapmakers over the course of his career, including Jeremiah Seller and Charles Price. In 1728, Senex was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, a rarity for mapmakers. The Fellowship reflects his career-long association as engraver to the Society and publisher of maps by Edmund Halley, among other luminaries. He is best known for his English Atlas (1714), which remained in print until the 1760s. After his death in 1740 his widow, Mary, carried on the business until 1755. Thereafter, his stock was acquired by William Herbert and Robert Sayer (maps) and James Ferguson (globes).