Craven County Digital History Exhibit

 Senex. A New Map of the World (c1721)

Accession Number TP.1958.073.001


Map: “A New Map of the World from the Latest Observations…”



Artist/ cartographer: John Senex

Engraver: John Senex

Printer/ publisher: Unknown



Laid paper, ink, watercolor



[England, London]



c. 1721



Paper: 18 ½” X 23 ½”

Plate: 16 ¾” X 21 ¼”

Image: 16 9/16” X 21 3/16”



Hand-colored, engraved map: A NEW MAP OF THE WORLD from the Latest Observations. Revis’d by I. Senex. Most Humbly Inscribed to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. [cartouche, center top] | Cartouche flanked by putti and representations of the four continents—Asia and Europe on the left and Africa and America on the right. Below are two large hemispheres showing North and South America (left) and Europe, Africa, Asia and New Holland [Australia] (right). At the center bottom is a globe on a stand flanked by male classical figures. Globes in the upper corners illustrate “The Earth projected on the Plane of the Equator;” those in the lower corner show “The Earth Projected on the Plane of the Horizon of London.” The laid paper has two watermarks: “A B” and the top of a column with capital.









John Senex (fl 1700-1740) operated initially from premises in Cornhill, London, and later at the Globe, Salisbury Court, off Fleet Street. In 1719 he issued a handy-sized road book containing strip maps, similar to those by John Ogilby (1600-1676), but without ornamentation. He also engraved a set of large maps of various parts of the world.






Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

Map Image:

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Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: November 20, 2014

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