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The English mapmaker John Senex

RICHARD NICHOLSON of CHESTER

A WORLD OF ANTIQUE MAPS AND PRINTS

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THE CARTOGRAPHER

JOHN SENEX

circa 1678 - 1740

Born in Ludlow, Shropshire. A surveyor, engraver, bookseller and publisher of maps, atlases and globes. He was apprenticed to the London bookseller Robert Clavell in 1695 before setting up his own business. In partnership with Charles Price and John Maxwell wh was Geographer to Queen Anne.

Addresses:
  • 1702: Against St. Clements Church in the Strand
  • 1703 - 1706: Next to the Fleece Tavern on Cornhill
  • 1707 - 1710: Houses in Whites-Alley, Coleman Street
  • 1710 - 1721 At the Globe in Salisbury Court, Fleet Street
  • 1724 - 1740: Against St. Dunstan's Church, Fleet Street

One of his most popular atlases was An actual survey of all the principal roads of England and Wales published in 1719 with further reissues

This was another pocket atlas for the 18th century traveller using the surveys of the roads of England and Wales by John Ogilby and published in his Britannia in 1675. There was stiff competition to provide the traveller with such a useful atlas. In the very same year of 1719 Thomas Gardner published A Pocket Guide to the English Traveller. A year later in 1720 Britannia Depicta was published with road maps by John Owen and Emanuel Bowen but with an added feature - county maps. I can just imagine being in a bookshop of the day and trying to decide which one to buy.

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RICHARD NICHOLSON of CHESTER

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Richard Nicholson

I have been buying and selling antique maps since the early 1960's during which time I had a gallery in Watergate Street, Chester for 30 years. I am now able to offer through my websites a personal service to map and print collectors.

The English mapmaker John Senex

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