Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Overall size in off white fully conservation grade mount and back : 29.6cms x 38.8cms. Engraved size :144mm x 208mm.approx.including text. Very good condition. John Seller was a cartographer and scientific instrument maker who sold his work from his shop at 'The Mariner's Compass', in Wapping, London. This was an area much frequented by sailors who disembarked at Wapping and who often had information useful to Seller for his nautical charts. Seller also offered instruction in 'Arithmetick, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, navigation and gunnery; likewise the use of globes and other mathematical instruments, the projection of the sphere and other parts of the mathematics.' Seller was a non-conformist and was found guilty of conspiring to kill Charles II. He was, however, let off this charge and curiously, was appointed Hydrographer to Charles II in 1671. After various unsuccessful attempts to publish atlases of one sort or another he published a small atlas of the counties of England and Wales called the 'Anglia Contracta'. Although they may at first, appear crude they are nevertheless attractive in their simplicity. The maps were accompanied by text. Editions were issued in 1696, 1697 and 1703 and the maps were used to illustrate Camden's 'Britannia Abridged' in 1701. They were also incorporated into 'The Antiquities of England and Wales' by Frances Grose between 1773 and 1787.
|Map maker||Seller, John|
|Publisher||Grose, Antiquities of England & Wales.|
|Published at year||1773-87|
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