Interesting small map of Africa by Wells. The Atlas was used for the education of wealthy school children

Pretty little map with excellent hand colour in mint conditioin

Publication 'Oikumenes Periegesis, sive, Dionysii Geographia emendata & locupletata', by Edward Wells, published by A. & J. Churchill, London

code : M4565

Cartographer : Edward

Date : 1704 Oxford

Size : 9.5*16.5 cms

availability : Available

Price : £75

share :

Edward Wells (1667-1727) authored "A New Sett Of Mapps Of Ancient And Present Geography ..." in 1700.

Wells was a teacher of mathematics and geography at Christchurch College, Oxford University. He compiled the "New Sett Of Mapps" notable for the parallel maps of classical and contemporary geography.

The maps are all dedicated to the eleven year old William, Duke of Gloucester, a student of his at Oxford at the time, whose mother later became Queen Anne. Unfortunately, all seventeen of her children, including William, predeceased her.

The maps are very much intended as a tool in teaching geography, with less emphasis on, and requirement for, great geographical detail. The maps, engraved in the main by Michael Burghers, the engraver to the University of Oxford, have an unsophisticated charm, which makes them very popular with modern collectors.