1747 Bowen Map of Denmark
Description: This is a beautiful 1747 map of Denmark by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It covers all of Jutland and the islands of Zealand, Funen and Lolland. Parts of Sweden and Germany are also included. Several important towns, rivers, roads, sea routes, cities and other topographic features are noted throughout. According to a note below the tittle, the sea coast in this map is based on an earlier chart by Van Keulen and the inland areas are chiefly based on the work of Delisle.
The map also identified Frederickshall (Fredrickshald) with a note reading, 'Here the King of Sweden was killed 1718', referring to the death of Charles XII or Carl of Sweden, the king of Sweden from 1682 to 1718, who died under mysterious circumstances during his invasion of Norway.
A title cartouche with beautiful illustrations of horses is included in the upper right quadrant. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 26 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 3733.025. 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 9 x 13 inches (22.86 x 33.02 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 2400000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.
Code: Denmark-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Northern Europe , Bowen , Treaty of Abo , Russo-Swedish War , Van Keulen