1747 Bowen Map of Portugal
Description: This is a beautiful 1747 map of Portugal by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. Centered on the Tajo River, it covers all of Portugal, noting several towns, cities, rivers, lakes, roads and a host of additional topographical features are noted throughout, with mountains beautifully rendered in profile. A beautiful title cartouche is included in the top right quadrant. This map was prepares by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 12 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 3733.011. 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 x 13 inches (22.86 x 33.02 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 2200000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso. Minor offsetting.
Code: Portugal-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Bowen , Southern Europe