1747 Bowen Map of Hungary and Transylvania (Romania)
Description: An attractive 1747 map of Hungary and Transylvania (part of modern day Romania) by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. The map covers the region from the Carpathian Mountains south as far as the Danube River, including parts of modern day Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Serbia. Several towns, rivers, mountains, roads and other topographic features are noted. Color coded according to territories and regions, mountains are beautifully rendered in profile. The map identifies a 'Roman Camp' northwest of Belgrade. The region of Temeswar is noted to be 'Ceded to the House of Austria by the Treaty of Belgrade 1739'. The Treat of Belgrade, a peace treaty between the Hasburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire, was signed post the Austro-Russian-Turkish War of 1735-1739. A title cartouche is included in the upper right quadrant of the map that includes a beautiful illustration of two noblemen. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 30 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 3733.029. 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 x 14 inches (43.18 x 35.56 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 650000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso. Overall age toning.
Code: HungaryRomania-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Central Europe , Bowen