Antique map, titled: ”A Map of the Mediterranean Sea with the Adjacent Regions and Seas in Europe, Asia and Africa.” – This very large map covers the western part of the Mediterranean Sea from Spain, Gibraltar and North Africa to Italy, Sicily and Malta. It also provides dense detail through the Iberian peninsula and southern Europe with sparser information in northern Africa. The large ornamental cartouche is flanked by the female representations of Europe and Asia along with a recumbent lion next to a native African figure. This is the western sheet of a 2-part map, but it is complete with the eastern border and thus stands on its own.
Made by after an anonymous artist.
Medium: engraving / etching with contemporary hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 90 x 64 cm (35.43 x 25.2 inch). Image size: 86 x 60.5 cm. (33.86 x 23.82 inch).
Condition: good, given age. A few minor imperfections, an occasional small tear in the margins, some crinkles, repaired tear at the top. Original folds as issued. Overall a good copy. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
MEDITERRANEAN-SPAIN-ITALY-PORTUGAL-SARDINIA-SICILY | DP-A1-002-15
Published in London, dated 1785. Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘William Faden’ after an anonymous artist.
Biography engraver: William Faden (1749 ? 1836) was an English cartographer and a publisher of maps. He was the royal geographer to King George III. He replaced Thomas Jeffreys in that role. The title of “geographer to the king” was given to various people in the 18th century, including John Senex, Herman Moll, Emmanuel Bowen and Thomas Jeffreys. All of these men, including William Faden, were engravers and publishers, not scholars or academics. Their part was to publish and supply maps to the crown and parliament.