1747 Bowen Map of Poland and Lithuania
Description: This is a beautiful 1747 map of Poland and Lithuania by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It depicts the different Palatinates or administrative divisions of Poland and Lithuania as well as parts of Germany, the Russian Empire, Hungary, Transylvania, and Latvia. Several important towns, rivers, roads, cities and other topographic features are noted, with mountains rendered in profile. The map is color coded according to the Palatinates. A beautifully illustrated title cartouche is included in the lower left quadrant of the map. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 29 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 3733.028. 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 18 x 14.5 inches (45.72 x 36.83 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 3050000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and toning along original fold lines. Dampstains along outer margin, not extending onto printed area. Minor offsetting. Blank on verso.
Code: PolandLithuania-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Eastern Europe , Bowen