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18th century map of Europe by Emanuel Bowen

Antique map of Europe

A New and Accurate Map From Harris's Voyages Engraving by Emanuel Bowen dated C. 1750

Condition: Good bold imprint, paper good, some offsetting and age discolouration.

Title: An antique map of Europe by Bowen
Medium: Copperplate line engraving. Image Size: 370 x 450mm, 14.5 x 17.5" approx.
Order No. 1974 Price: SOLD Paper Size: 390 x 487mm, 15.25 x 19.25 " approx.
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Emanuel Bowen (fl. 1714 - 67)

An 18th century map and print seller, who worked in London from about 1714, producing some of the best and attractive maps of the century. A recurring feature of Bowen's work, evident even on the early road maps, was his habit of filling every corner and space of the map with jottings and footnotes, both historical and topographical.

One of his earliest engraved works Britannia Depicta, published in 1720 contained over two hundred road maps together with a miniature county map of each of the counties of England and Wales. It was an unusual feature of the atlas that the maps were engraved on both sides of each page, and this resulted in a handier sized book.

He also issued with John Owen a book of road maps based, as was usual at the time, on Ogilby but again incorporating his own style of historical and heraldic detail.

Inspite of his royal appointments and apparent prosperity he died in poverty and his son, who carried on the business was no more fortunate and died in a Clerkenwell workhouse in 1790.

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