1747 Bowen Map of Belgium
Description: This is a beautiful 1747 map of Belgium by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. The map depicts Belgium and Luxembourg along with parts of Germany, France and Holland. The map notes several towns, cities, rivers, lakes, roads and a host of additional topographical features. Mountains are beautifully rendered in profile.
During this time, following the War of Spanish Succession, much of Spanish Netherlands (which included modern day Belgium and Luxembourg) was ceded to Austria and the region began to be known as Austrian Netherlands. In 1794, Austrian Netherlands became part of France and later, in 1815, became part of the United Kingdom of Netherlands. Eventually, the 1830 Belgian Revolution would create the modern Belgian state.
The map includes a note near the bottom margin referencing the third Barrier Treaty of 1715 signed in Antwerp. A beautifully illustrated title cartouche featuring a cannoneer is included the lower left quadrant. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 13 for the 1747 issue of A Complete System of Geography.
Date: 1747 (undated)
Source: Bowen, E., A Complete System of Geography. Being a description of all the countries, islands, cities, chief towns, harbours, lakes, and rivers, mountains, mines, etc., of the known world …, (London) 1747.
References: Rumsey 3733.012. Philips (atlases) 614 (1752 edition).
Cartographer: Emanuel Bowen (1714-1767) had the high distinction to be named Royal Mapmaker to both to King George II of England and Louis XV of France. Based in London from 1714 onwards, Bowen was highly regarded for producing some of the largest, most detailed, most accurate and most attractive maps of his era. He is known to have worked with some of the most prominent cartographic names of the period including Herman Moll, John Owen, and Thomas Kitchin. Despite his renown and success, Bowen, like many cartographers, died in poverty. Upon Emanuel Bowen's death, his cartographic work was taken over by his son, Thomas Bowen (?? - 1790) who also died in poverty. Click here for a list of rare maps from Emanuel Bowen.
Size: Printed area measures 18 x 15 inches (45.72 x 38.1 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 980000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Minor wear along original centerfold.
Code: Belgium-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)