1712 Wells Map of Asia Minor, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Iraq
Description: An unusual 1712 map of the Middle East in antiquity by Edward Wells of Oxford. Covers from the Black Sea to the Persian Gulf and from Cyprus to the Caspian Sea. Includes the modern day countries of Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. A decorative title cartouche appears in the lower right quadrant. This like many other Wells maps, is dedicated to Prince William, Duke of Gloucester and son of Queen Anne, who, when this map was being prepared, was a student at Oxford. Engraved by R. Spofforth and published by T. Bonwicke for the 1712 edition of Edward Wells’ Atlas, A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography.
Date: 1712 (undated)
Source: Wells, E., A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography, (London, T. w. Bonwicke) c. 1712.
References: Laor, E., Map of the Holy Land: Cartobibliography of Printed Maps, 1475 - 1900, no. 833.
Cartographer: Edward Wells (1667 - 1727) was an English mathematician, geographer, and classical scholar based at Christ Church College, Oxford. Well's was trained for the ministry but quickly found himself unsuited to religious life and instead applied for an academic position at Oxford, where he authored numerous well respected works on a wide range of mathematical and scientific topics. He was chosen to tutor the young Prince William, the sickly son of Queen Anne. The two must have been quite close for Well's dedicated nearly all of the maps in his most important atlas, A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography. Sadly, he young prince died in July of 1700 shortly before the atlas was published. Nonetheless, Wells' geography proved popular and was published in number editions well into the 1730s. Click here for a list of rare maps by Edward Wells.
Size: Printed area measures 15 in height x 20 inches in width (38.1 x 50.8 centimeters)
Condition: Good condition. Some warping of the paper. Original centerfold. Some creasing to left of centerfold. Original pressmark visible. Blank on verso. Even overall toning.
Code: AsiaMinor-wells-1712 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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