1747 Bowen Map of Southern Italy (Naples, Sicily)
Description: An attractive 1747 map of southern Italy by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. The map covers the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily in great detail, including part of the Papal States, noting important towns, cities, roads, rivers and topography, with mountains rendered pictorially. The lower right quadrant features a beautifully illustrated title cartouche. This map was prepares by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 20 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 3733.023. 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 13.5 inches (24.13 x 34.29 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 2700000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.
Code: SouthItaly-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Bowen , Southern Europe