A Map of Brecknock Shire. The Road from Chester to Cardiff.
1736 (undated) 7.5 x 5 in (19.05 x 12.7 cm)
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This is a scarce 1736 example of John Owen and Emanuel Bowen's map of the County of Brecknockshire, Wales. The map is printed on both sides. The map on recto features a detailed map of the County of Brecknockshire (also known as Brecknock or the County of Brecon) with a decorative title cartouche. Detailed information about Brecknockshire is included along the bottom of the map proper. Verso features the three strip road map from West Chester to Montgomery. Several towns and distances are noted, including Rosset, Wrexham, Ilansylen (Llansilin) and Llangedwin (Llangedwyn) in the Counties of Cheshire, Flintshire and Denbighshire. Several buildings, bridges, topographic features, vegetation and water bodies are noted. This map also features information about Chester along the bottom and left of the map and includes the Coat of Arms of Chester. Each strip map contains a compass rose and notes distances, in miles. Issued as page nos. 163 and 164 in Britannia depicta, or, Ogilby improv'd.
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 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.
Owen J., and Bowen E., Britannia depicta, or, Ogilby improv'd : being a correct coppy of Mr. Ogilby's actual survey of all ye direct & principal cross roads in England & Wales, 1736.
Very good. Minor toning. Original platemark visible. Printed on both sides.