A Map of Somerset Shire. The Road from Darmouth in Devon Shire to Minhead in Somerset S.
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 Somerset, England. The map is printed on both sides. The map on recto features a detailed map of the County of Somerset (commonly known as Somersetshire until the late 19th century) with a decorative title cartouche. Detailed information about Somersetshire is included along the bottom of the map proper. The armorial crest of the Duke of Somerset is also included. Verso features the three strip road map from Chester to Cardiff and notes several towns along the way. Rivers, bridges, forests, and other topographical details are also noted. Each strip map contains a compass rose and notes distances, in miles. This map also features information about Cardiff along the bottom of the map along with a Coat of Arms of Cardiff. Issued as page nos. 167 and 168 in Britannia depicta, or, Ogilby improv'd.
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.
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.