A New Map of Spain and Portugal. Showing their Principal Divisions, Chief Cities, Townes, Ports, Rivers, Mountains, etc.
1700 (undated) 15 x 20 in (38.1 x 50.8 cm)
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This is a 1700 Edward Wells map of Spain and Portugal. The map depicts the Iberian Peninsula, where both Spain and Portugal and located, from the Bay of Biscay on the top to Morocco on the bottom and from the Atlantic Ocean on the left to the Mediterranean Sea on the right, as well as part of southern France. The map divides both Portugal and Spain into regions, including Granada, Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia, Aragon, Navarre, and Galicia in Spain, and Algarve and Estremadura in Portugal. Cities abound in both countries, including Lisbon and Coimbra in Portugal and Madrid, Barcelona (Barcellona), Bilbao, Murcia, Valencia, and Seville in Spain. Perpignan, France is depicted as well. The map also depicts Majorca, Minorca, and Ivica in the Mediterranean.
This map was produced by Edward Wells and engraved by Robert Spofforth. It was included in Wells' A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography, published in London in 1712.
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.
Robert Spofforth (fl. 1700 - 1707) was an English engraver and printseller known primarily for his frontispieces. He contributed nine engravings to Edward Wells’ A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography, including the frontispiece of the atlas. He was thought to have been a student of the engraver Simon Gribelin. He was also known for his portraits, namely those of Queen Anne and Prince George.
Wells, E., A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography, (London, T. w. Bonwicke) c. 1712.
A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography was published by Edward Wells in various editions between 1701 and 1730. The publication contained some 40 maps all of which were dedicated to Prince William, Duke of Gloucester. Wells tutored the young prince at Christchurch, Oxford and seems to have developed a close relationship with him. At just 11 years of age, William died in 1700 and never had the opportunity to see the published work that he inspired. The atlas was intended for educational purposes with a focus on school use.
Good. Some soiling, wear, and centerfold damage. Narrow margins as issued. Backed on archival tissue.