Striking and highly detailed map of Sicily, with a large inset of Malta.
Both the map and vignette next to the cartouche show Mt. Aetna erupting. This highly detailed map includes towns, roads, rivers, mountains, bays, islands and a number of other features identified in the key in the lower right side of the image. One of the most decorative and interesting large format English maps of Sicily published in the 18th Century.
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).