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Southeast Asia, by Emanuel Bowen. 1747

Emanuel Bowen (c. 1693/94 – 1767)

Emanuel Bowen was an accomplished engraver who became a leading mid-century map and atlas-maker, engraving many maps for contemporary magazines and books. He achieved the unique distinction of becoming Royal Mapmaker to King George II of Great Britain and Louis XV of France.

The earliest work associated with Bowen, the Britannia Depicta (1720), is essentially a strip road atlas based on Ogilby’s maps, with a set of small county maps. Bowen’s co-publisher was Thomas Bowles, and the antiquary who compiled and edited the text was John Owen. The maps are, therefore, sometimes known as ‘Owen-Bowens’.

By 1726 he was noted as one of the leading London engravers. He published A Complete System of Geography, 1744–47; an English Atlas, with a new set of maps, 1745; a Complete Atlas ... in sixty-eight Maps, 1752; Atlas Minimus, 1758; and a series of separate maps of the English counties, of Germany, Asia Minor, and Persia, between 1736 and 1776.

He died in poverty in 1767. His son, Thomas Bowen (1733-1790) would carry on the business until he died in 1790.

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Item Number:  28012  new
Category:  Antique maps > Asia > Southeast Asia
References: Shirley (Brit.Lib.) - T.BOW-2a, #44

Old, antique map of Southeast Asia, by Emanuel Bowen.

Title: A New and Accurate Map of the East India Islands.
Laid down according to the latest discoveries, and agreeable to the most approved Maps & Charts.
The whole being regulated by Astronl Observations.
By Eman Bowen.

Date of the first edition: 1747.
Date of this map: 1747.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 345 x 425mm (13.58 x 16.73 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Folds as issued, tear in left margin running 6 cm into the image (reinforced).
Condition Rating: B+.
References: Shirley (Brit.Lib.), T.BOW-2a, #44

From: A complete system of geography. Being a description of all the countries, islands, cities, chief towns, harbours, lakes, and rivers, mountains, mines, &c. of the known world ... In two volumes. The whole illustrated with seventy maps, by Emanuel Bowen, Geographer to His Majesty, being all new-drawn and ingraved according to the latest discoveries and surveys; making, of themselves, a complete atlas, for the sse of gentlemen, merchants, mariners, and others, who delight in history and geography ... London, 1747.

Emanuel Bowen (c. 1693/94 – 1767)

Emanuel Bowen was an accomplished engraver who became a leading mid-century map and atlas-maker, engraving many maps for contemporary magazines and books. He achieved the unique distinction of becoming Royal Mapmaker to King George II of Great Britain and Louis XV of France.

The earliest work associated with Bowen, the Britannia Depicta (1720), is essentially a strip road atlas based on Ogilby’s maps, with a set of small county maps. Bowen’s co-publisher was Thomas Bowles, and the antiquary who compiled and edited the text was John Owen. The maps are, therefore, sometimes known as ‘Owen-Bowens’.

By 1726 he was noted as one of the leading London engravers. He published A Complete System of Geography, 1744–47; an English Atlas, with a new set of maps, 1745; a Complete Atlas ... in sixty-eight Maps, 1752; Atlas Minimus, 1758; and a series of separate maps of the English counties, of Germany, Asia Minor, and Persia, between 1736 and 1776.

He died in poverty in 1767. His son, Thomas Bowen (1733-1790) would carry on the business until he died in 1790.

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