BG-00818

Antique Map of Africa by Wells (1700)

  • Condition: Fair, age-related toning. Handritten notes on verso, repair on folding line with worm tracks in the upper part of the folding line. Creasing and marginal tears. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1700
  • Overall size: 58 x 47 cm.
  • Image size: 49 x 37 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'A New Map of Libya or old Africk (..)'. Decorative map of Ancient Africa, showing the major political divisions as known to the Ancients. Originates from the atlas produced by Wells to celebrate William the Duke of Gloucester's studies at Oxford University.

Artists and Engravers: Edward Wells was a Church of England clergyman and advocate for education. He published prolifically, including several atlases of the ancient and contemporary world. Wells was the son of a vicar and entered Christ Church, Oxford in late 1686. He graduated BA in 1690, MA in 1693, and worked as a tutor at his college from 1691 to 1702. Then, he entered into a living at Cotesbach, Leicestershire, from where he continued to publish his many works. He attained the degrees of BD and DD in 1704, after he was already at Cotesbach. From roughly 1698 onward, Wells wrote many sermons, books, and atlases. He focused on catechismal and pastoral works, as well as educational books. For example, some of his first works were mathematics texts for young gentlemen, which included how to use globes and determine latitude and longitude. He also translated classical and Christian texts, sometimes adding geographical annotations.