This digitized collection of Edward Wells’s rare folio atlas is comprised of 40 maps. The atlas was first published in 1700, then issued several more times until 1738. The Athenæum’s copy was published in 1726.
There are most often two maps on facing pages depicting the same geographical area. This arrangement illustrated the differences between an ancient map and its “modern day” counterpart.
Mathematician and geographer Edward Wells taught at Christchurch, Oxford. He intended his atlas to be a teaching tool, particularly for one of his students, the young William, Duke of Gloucester. Unfortunately, William died in 1700 at the age of 11. Wells dedicated the atlas, as well as many of the individual maps, to William.
This volume was conserved and digitized through a generous donation from David Driscoll, a Proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum.
Associate Director and Curator of Maps