1747 Bowen Map of Italy
Description: This is a charming 1747 map of Italy, issued by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It covers all of Italy from the Alps to Malta, including the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Several important towns, cities, roads, rivers, and other topographic features are noted, with mountains rendered in profile. A note along the top border explains the compilation of this map, with the coastlines based on the chart of C. de Maurepas and the interior based on the work of Riccioli and Delisle. Another note in the bottom right quadrant explains the eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius from 1631 to 1717. A beautifully illustrated title cartouche is included in the upper right quadrant.
The bottom of the map features two beautifully illustrated insets, the first being a draught of the eruptions of Mt. Etna in 1669 etc. along with a note on the effects of the eruptions. The second inset illustrates Mt. Vesuvius, two leagues from Naples. A note describing the eruption in detail is included in the second inset. This map was prepares by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 22 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 3733.021. 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 : 6050000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Minor damp stain in top margin, not extending onto printed area. Blank on verso.
Code: Italy-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Bowen , View , Mt. Vesuvius , Southern Europe