1747 Bowen Map of Sweden and Finland

A New and Accurate Map of Sweden.

1747 Bowen Map of Sweden and Finland


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A New and Accurate Map of Sweden.
  1747 (undated)    13 x 9 in (33.02 x 22.86 cm)     1 : 6500000


This is an attractive 1747 map of Sweden by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It covers Sweden and Finland (shown as part of Sweden) as well as parts of modern day Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Poland. It notes several important towns, cities, rivers, roads and other topographic features. The map is color coded according to provinces and mountains are beautifully rendered in profile.

The map makes reference to the Treaty of Abo or the Treaty of Turku, a peace treaty between Sweden and the Russian Empire following the Russo-Swedish war of 1743, in which Sweden ceded the province of Kymengard and the fortress of Nyslot to Russia.

The amp also includes a beautifully illustrated title cartouche in the lower right quadrant. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 27 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. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 3733.026. Philips (atlases) 614 (1752 edition).