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Description:This extraordinary, rare very large & beautifully hand coloured original antique map* of Europe - showing the Political Boundaries of the early 18th century - by John Senex & John Maxwell was published in the 1712 edition of their large Elephant FolioGeneral Atlas. The map is dedicated to Sir Richard Child of Wansted Ist Earl of Tynley and Essex. These large scale maps are scarce as damage and loss over time was frequent from both handling and difficulty storing safely.
Background: A very interesting and scarce map of Europe at the beginning of the 18th century reflecting a continent before war and upheaval. The Ottoman Empire is still well entrenched stretching north to the southern borders of Austria & Hungary. Poland extends from the Baltic to the Black Sea encompassing much of SE Europe bordering Russia. Germany and Italy are shown as large extended countries on the map but were in truth made up of many large and small parochial states and Kingdoms. Overall a fantastic large and fascinating map entering a century of great upheaval. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - white Age of map color: - Original & later Colors used: - Yellow, green, blue, red General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 38in x 25 1/2in (970mm x 645mm) Plate size: - 37in x 25in (930mm x 635mm) Margins: - min. 1/4in (4mm) Imperfections: Margins: - Light soiling in margins Plate area: - Light soiling along bottom of image, light creasing along foldsFolds as issued Verso: - Light soiling in margins