1747 Bowen Map of Europe

A New and Accurate Map of Europe.

1747 Bowen Map of Europe


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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 covers from Iceland to Tartary and south as far as North Africa. It also includes western Russia and the Black Sea. It renders the entire region in extraordinary detail offering both topographical and political information with forests and mountains beautifully rendered in profile. Territories and kingdoms are noted with outline color.

A beautifully engraved title cartouche adorns the top left quadrant. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 5 for the 1747 issue of A Complete System of Geography.


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.


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. Minor wear and toning along original centerfold. Minor spotting. Original platemark visible.


Rumsey 3733.004.