Original antique map of the Southern portion of the Low Countries, extending from Brabant and Zeeland in the north to Picardie and Luxembourg in the south. Showing political boundaries, cities, towns, rivers, canals, forests, and more.
Made by after an anonymous artist.
Medium: Engraving / etching with original hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 61 x 51 cm (24.02 x 20.08 inch). Image size: 53 x 40 cm. (20.87 x 15.75 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Original middle fold as published. Tears in top and right margin restored. Wrinkles in margins. Vertical folds in plate. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
BELGIUM-FLANDERS-SPANISH NETHERLANDS-LUXEMBOURG | RBOS-T.30-LARGE
Published in London, 1719.
Biography engraver: John Senex (1678-1740) was an important map- and instrument-maker in early 18th century London. He began his career working for the London bookseller Robert Clavell, in 1692. Senex’s apprenticeship lasted around seven years, and in 1702 he was publishing under his own name, with his own premises at St. Clemen’s in the Strand. He initially published perfunctory religious texts and the like. But before long he started publishing John Seller’s works, and in 1705, he had relocated “next to Fleece Tavern in Cornhill.” According to some sources, he moved to the area in part to fill the gap left by the 1703 death of Cornhill mapmaker, Robert Morden. At this time, Senex continued his involvement with Seller and Price, helping launch his mapmaking career. In the 30 years, that followed he would go on to become a great atlas publisher, and perhaps the greatest globemaker in the world for the period. Senex died in 1740, and his estate, including many of the copper plates for his globes, were dispersed by his heirs over the next 20 years.