Map of Turkey, Arabia and Persia


John Senex (circa 1678-1740) was an English surveyor, engraver, bookseller, and publisher of maps and atlases. He served as geographer to Queen Anne and was elected to the Royal Society in 1728. Among his many works was A New General Atlas: containing a geographical and historical account of all the empires, kingdoms, and other dominions of the world, published in 1721. This map of the Middle East is one of 34 maps in the atlas. Senex borrowed liberally from the great French mapmaker Guillaume de L’Isle, often simply translating the latter’s maps into English. Senex’s map contains many informative notes, e.g., “In the Desarts are to be Seen the Ruins of many Ancient Citys,” “Wells of good water,” and “Wells of bad water.”

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D. Browne, London


Title in Original Language

Map of Turky [sic], Arabia and Persia

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Physical Description

1 hand colored engraved map ; 46 x 55 centimeters


  • Scale approximately 1:11,024,640

Last updated: March 8, 2016