Decorative wall map size map of France by John Senex.
Decorative map of France incorporating many corrections in the coastal configurations of Cornwall (England), France and Italy. This map is unusual in that it shows the erroneous outlines of earlier cartographers and labels the mistakes "Monsr. Sanson and the Dutch Maps", which shadow the corrected coasts. The cartouche provides a portrait of Louis XIV with an armored swordsman to the left and Athena to his right symbolizing the numerous wars of his long reign, but indicating as well the indelible effect he had on the geography and character of France.
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).