Senex’s map of Asia
By SENEX, John, 1710
Asia Corrected from the Observations Communicated to the Royal Society at London and the Royal Academy at Paris.
- Author: SENEX, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: John Senex and John Maxwell
- Publication date: c.1720
- Physical description: Engraved map with original outline colour.
- Dimensions: 660 by 960mm. (26 by 37.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11377
Although Tibet is almost blank, it is identified as the “K[ingdom] of Great Tibet”; Korea appears, although it is rather misshapen.The imaginary Lake of Chiamay appears in Assam, in the east of India. European cartographers believed that there must be a major water source in the area to feed the Irrawaddy, Dharla, Chao Phraya and Brahmaputra river systems, based perhaps on the work of Portuguese scholar Jao de Barros. It disappeared from maps a few decades later.
A fascinating perspective on the changing European geography of Asia. Although there are multiple institutional copies, we have only been able to trace one other copy appearing at auction.