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1747 Bowen Map of Denmark

A New and Accurate Map of Denmark. - Main View

1747 Bowen Map of Denmark



A New and Accurate Map of Denmark.
  1747 (undated)     13 x 9 in (33.02 x 22.86 cm)     1 : 2400000


This is a beautiful 1747 map of Denmark by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It covers all of Jutland and the islands of Zealand, Funen and Lolland. Parts of Sweden and Germany are also included. Several important towns, rivers, roads, sea routes, cities and other topographic features are noted throughout. According to a note below the tittle, the sea coast in this map is based on an earlier chart by Van Keulen and the inland areas are chiefly based on the work of Delisle.

The map also identified Frederickshall (Fredrickshald) with a note reading, 'Here the King of Sweden was killed 1718,' referring to the death of Charles XII or Carl of Sweden, the king of Sweden from 1682 to 1718, who died under mysterious circumstances during his invasion of Norway.

A title cartouche with beautiful illustrations of horses is included in the upper right quadrant. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 26 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. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 3733.025. Philips (atlases) 614 (1752 edition).