1747 Bowen Map of Switzerland with City Plan of Geneva, Switzerland
Description: A charming 1747 map of Switzerland by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. Essentially two maps on a single sheet, the upper map covers all of Switzerland from Montbeliard in modern day France to Lake Majori. Several important towns, lakes, cities, rivers, roads, cantons, etc. are noted with mountains rendered in profile. The title cartouche in the upper left quadrant features thirteen coats of arms and an illustration of a soldier.
The lower map features a plan of the city of Geneva. Lake Geneva, the Rhone and Arve rivers are beautifully rendered. A list of 67 locations marked on the map is included on the left and right side of the map. 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 3733.019. 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 10 x 13.5 inches (25.4 x 34.29 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 1700000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.
Code: Switzerland-bowen-1747 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Central Europe , Bowen