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Antique Map of Kent by Emanuel Bowen

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Large English Atlas, Emanuel Bowen circa 1780. Very decorative and denotes valuable agricultural commercial and political details relating to the county of Kent and its coastline.

Condition: Good imprint, later hand colouring, paper age discoloured, several minor repaired marginal splits, one into engraved area (barely visible

Title: An antique map of Kent
Medium: Hand coloured copperplate engraving. Image Size: 525 x 708mm, 20.75 x 28 " approx.
Order No. 2640 Price: SOLD Paper Size: 592 x 760mm, 22.25 x 30 " 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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