Flintshire. The Road from Shrewsbury to Holywell.
1736 (undated) 7.5 x 5 in (19.05 x 12.7 cm)
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This is a scarce 1736 example of John Owen and Emanuel Bowen's map of the County of Flintshire, Wales. The map is printed on both sides. The map on recto features a detailed map of the County of Flintshire with a decorative title cartouche ornamented with leaves, fruit, grapes and dogs. Information about Flintshire is included along the bottom of the map proper. The verso featuring the three road strip maps from Shrewsbury to Caergwrle in Flintshire. Several towns with distances are noted, including Ortney, Didleston Green, Elismere, Oatley Park, & Wrexham, in the Counties of Shropshire & Denbighsire. Several buildings, bridges, topographic features, vegetation and water bodies are noted. This map also features information about Flint and Wrexham along the bottom and left of the map. Issued as page nos. 265 and 266 in Britannia depicta, or, Ogilby improv'd.
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.
Owen, J. and Bowen, E., Britannia depicta, or, Ogilby improv'd : being a correct coppy of Mr. Ogilby's actual survey of all ye direct & principal cross roads in England & Wales, 1736.
Very good. Minor toning with some offsetting. Original platemark visible. Printed on both sides.