1747 Bowen Map of England and Wales
Description: This is a beautiful 1747 map of South Britain, or England and Wales, drawn by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It depicts the entirety of England and Wales, including the Isle of Man. The map is extremely detailed, noting cities, boroughs, marketplaces, counties, etc. Roads are noted with distances between towns. River systems are well delineated and forests and topography and rendered in profile. A note in the bottom right quadrant of the map explains the compilation of the map. A beautifully illustrated title cartouche is included in the upper right quadrant. This map was prepares by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 7 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 3733.006. 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 17.5 x 14.5 inches (44.45 x 36.83 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 2170000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and toning along original centerfold. Original platemark visible. Wormholes at two places near centerfold top and bottom.
Code: EnglandWales-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Bowen , Northern Europe