1747 Bowen Map of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bohemia and the United Provinces
Description: This is a beautiful 1747 map of Germany by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It covers Germany during the mid-18th century, which included all of modern day Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Denmark and parts of Eastern Europe. Parts of northern Italy, Poland and Hungary are also included.
The map divides the area into the 'imperial circles', devised by the Holy Roman Empire. The 'imperial circles,' covering most of what is now Central Europe, were administrative units created for tax and defense purposes by the Holy Roman Empire in the 1500s. The Napoleonic Wars would, of course, dissolve the Holy Roman Empire and lead to the consolidation of Germany in 1871.
Throughout, several towns, cities, rivers, lakes, roads and a host of additional topographical features are noted, with mountains beautifully rendered in profile. A beautiful title cartouche is included in the top right quadrant. Bowen notes that this map was based on earlier maps by Hubner, Delisile, Homann and Le Rouge. Prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 15 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 3733.014. 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 9.5 x 13 inches (24.13 x 33.02 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 5100000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.
Code: Germany-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Bowen , Central Europe