image MS_248_81_277
Image number: RS.16785
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Mercator's or Wright's true chart


27 June 1689


Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

f81 p277



height (page): 285mm
width (page): 184mm


Content object



Ink map of Mercator's or Wright's true chart, in a letter signed by George Fairfax, among the papers collected by Robert Southwell.

George Fairfax was an unsuccessful candidate for the Mastership of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ's Hospital in 1682.


For Edward Southwell, Esq. my honored friende
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

This manuscript was sold at Sotheby's in June 1893 (Phillips sale) and acquired by the Royal Society from a purchaser of that lot. Some of the material is signed by Robin Bacon, who was also Robert Boyle's scribe (see William Poole, 'Sir Robert Southwell's Dialogue on Thomas Burnet's Theory of the Earth: "C & S Discourse of Mr Burnett's Theory of the Earth" (1684): Contexts and an Edition', The Seventeenth Century, 23 (2008), 72-104).

Related Fellows

Robert Southwell (1635-1702, British), Diplomat

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