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1747 Bowen Map of Europe

A New and Accurate Map of Europe. - Main View

1747 Bowen Map of Europe


Identifies all the major capitals of Europe, including Paris, Rome, London, Madrid, and Berlin.


A New and Accurate Map of Europe.
  1747 (undated)     15 x 17.5 in (38.1 x 44.45 cm)     1 : 13000000


This is a beautiful 1747 decorative map of Europe by the English cartographer Emmanuel Bowen. The map depicts the continent from Iceland to Tartary (Central Asia) and from the Arctic Ocean to North Africa. The entire region is illustrated in extraordinary detail, as different countries are labeled and shaded different colors to allow for easy differentiation. Myriad cities and towns are labeled throughout, including Paris, Rome, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Athens. Forests and mountains beautifully rendered in profile and numerous rivers are illustrated and labeled. A beautifully engraved title cartouche adorns the top left corner.

This map was created by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 5 for the 1747 issue of A Complete System of Geography.


Emanuel Bowen (1694 - May 8, 1767) had the high distinction to be named Royal Mapmaker to both to King George II of England and Louis XV of France. Bowen was born in Talley, Carmarthen, Wales, to a distinguished but not noble family. He apprenticed to Charles Price, Merchant Taylor, from 1709. He was admitted to the Merchant Taylors Livery Company on October 3, 1716, but had been active in London from about 1714. A early as 1726 he was noted as one of the leading London engravers. Bowen is 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 most British cartographic figures of the period including Herman Moll and John Owen. Among his multiple apprentices, the most notable were Thomas Kitchin, Thomas Jeffreys, and John Lodge. Another apprentice, John Oakman (1748 - 1793) who had an affair with and eventually married, Bowen's daughter. Other Bowen apprentices include Thomas Buss, John Pryer, Samuel Lyne, his son Thomas Bowen, and William Fowler. Despite achieving peer respect, renown, and royal patronage, Bowen, like many cartographers, died in poverty. Upon Emanuel Bowen's death, his cartographic work was taken over by his son, Thomas Bowen (1733 - 1790) who also died in poverty. More by this mapmaker...


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.    


Very good. Backed on archival tissue for stability. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 3733.004. OCLC 49669265.