1745 Seale Map or Chart of the Mediterranean Sea
Description: A large and attractive hand colored 1745 sea chart of the entire Mediterranean region. Drawn in considerable detail with most ports clearly labeled. Large title cartouche in the lower left quadrant. Rumb lines throughout with a decorative compass rose at center. An inset depicts ďThe Road to LeghornĒ or Livorno harbor.
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Cartographer: Richard William Seale (December 1703 - May 25, 1762) was an English a mapmaker and engraver active in London during the middle part of the 18th century. Seale was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Seale. Richard, his father, was a member of the Stationers Company, suggesting that printing and engraving must have been a family trade. Nonetheless, he did not learn the trade from his father, but rather from Samuel Parker of Clerkenwell, to whom he was apprenticed in 1719. Seale was extremely active as an engraver and publisher from about 1740 until his death in 1762. His cartographic corpus is vast; including pieces engraved for most other notable English cartographers of his period: Willdey, Baron, Toms, Rocque, Basire, Bowles, Benning, among others. In addition to cartographic work, Seale also produce numerous architectural engravings. Click here for a list of rare maps from R. W. Seale.
Size: Printed area measures 28.5 x 14 inches (72.39 x 35.56 centimeters)
Condition: Very Good condition. Extremely minor discoloration on original folds, else clean and beautiful with wide intact margins.
Code: Mediterranean-seale-1845 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)