Map Details      Question or Comment about this Map?
 
Number: 724
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names:
Year of Origin: 1728
Title: A New & Correct Chart Coast of Guinea from Cape Verde to Cape Negro.
Sub-Title:
Language: English
Publish Origin: London
Height: 48.0
Width: 58.8
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale:
Color Type:
Click for high-resolution zoomable image
Cartographer: John Senex
Engraver:
Publisher: Nathaniel Cutler
Other Contributors: Daniel Defoe
Steven Parker
John Harris
Henry Wilson
Edmund Halley
Northernmost Latitude: 15.75
Southernmost Latitude: -15.75
Westernmost Longitude: -24.0
Easternmost Longitude: 19.0
Measurement Notes: Prime Meridian Greenwich
Notes: Kapp; from "Atlas Maritimus et Commercialis" only published once.; Scarce sea chart of the west coast of Africa from Senegal to Angola, from the Atlas Maritimus & Commercialis . . . , published in London in 1728. This very rare work was a collaborative effort of a number of the leading cartographic and scientific names of the period, including Sir Edmund Halley, John Senex, Nathaniel Cutler, Steven Parker and Daniel Defoe, whose names are frequently associated with this work. The atlas included a geography text, sailing directions, and sea charts. It was published by, among others, the Knapton brothers, who were also responsible for some of the bestselling voyage accounts of the early- to mid-eighteenth century, including those of William Dampier. The atlas was published specifically to rival the English Pilot, a five-volume work that was published first by John Seller, and then by his son, Jeremiah, and his partner, Charles Price, and then by Mount & Page. To differentiate it from the competition, the Atlas was published in one volume. It also featured the western and southern coasts of the Americas, which were not included in the Pilot. Much of the text of the work is attributed to Daniel Defoe who, in addition to writing Robinson Crusoe, was also an eager advocate of colonial expansion and overseas trade. The atlas is usually attributed to John Senex, John Harris, and Henry Wilson. Nathaniel Cutler is thought to have contributed to the charts and to have written the sailing directions, which Edmund Halley supposedly edited. Edmund Halley is also mentioned on the title page as approving the projection, which most likely refers to a globular projection developed by Senex, Harris, and Wilson. The sea atlas was developed by Senex and Harris to compete with Mount & Page?s wildly popular English Pilot sea series. It was published under the name Atlas Maritimus et commercialis, or A general view of the world... (London: James and John Knapton et al., 1728) While the collaboration was impressive, the atlas never achieved the same commercial success. As such, the maps are quite scarce on the market. The full name of the book was the Atlas maritimus & commercialis, or, A general view of the world, so far as relates to trade and navigation : describing all the coasts, ports, harbours, and noted rivers ... : to which are added sailing directions for all the known coasts and islands on the globe, with a set of sea charts, some laid down after Mercator, but the greater part according to a new globular projection adapted for measuring distances...by scale and compass...the use of the projection justified by Dr. Halley. To which are subjoin'd two large hemispheres on the plane of the equinoctial containing all the stars in the Britannic catalogue: of great use to sailors for finding the latitude in the night / [by] Cutler, Nathaniel , et al.
Last updated: Jul 22, 2021