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Antique Maps by Emanuel Bowen

Emanuel Bowen (fl. 1714 - 67)

An 18th century map and print seller and engraver to King George II and Louis XV of France, 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.

He had plans for completeing a major county atlas but, finding the task beyond his means, joined with Thomas Kitchin to publish TheLarge English County Atlas. Many of the maps were individually issued from 1749 and the whole atlas was finally completed in 1760.

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.

Thomas Bowen was his son, Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jefferys were his apprentices.

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.

c.1714 Maps of the Continents 1720 (with John Owen) Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improved.
1744-47 A Complete System of Gegraphy.
1744-48 maps for Complete Collection of Voyages (Harris).
1752 Complete Atlas Distinct View of the Known World.
1755-60 (with Thomas Kitchin) The Large English Atlas (1763/67/77/85/87 further editions and enlargements).
1758 (with John Gibson) Atlas Minimus (re-issued 1744).
1762 (with Thomas Kitchin) The Royal English Atlas 1778/80 re-issued (1794-1828 re-issued as the English Atlas).
c.1763 (with Benjamin Martin) The Natural History of England.
1766 Universal History of the World. 1767 (with Thomas Bowen) Atlas Anglicanus (re-issued 1777).
c.1777 (Thomas Bowen) The World showing the Discoveries of Captain Cook and other Circumnavigators.
c.1784 (Thomas Bowen) Maps in Rapins's History of England.

 

18th century antique maps by Emanuel Bowen

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Devonshire , Emanuel Bowen / Thomas Bowles, Britannia Depicta, 190 x 120, c.1720 , £45.00 bowen bowles
Dorsetshire, Owen and Bowen c. 1720, 182 x 112mm, £50.00 Dorsetshire 18th century map for sale
Devonshire, Emanuel Bowen, Large English Atlas, 530 x 680, c.1767, SOLD Devonshire map by Emanuel Bowen 1767
Ancient Egypt - and its circumstances according to this History, Emanuel Bowen c.1730, 285 x 267mm, 75.00 Egypt by Emanuel Bowen
Germany - North East, Emanuel Bowen, Mr. Tyndal's Continuation of Mr. Rapkin's History , 345 x 420 , £95.00 North East Germany by Emanuel Bowen
Greece - An Accurate Map of the Morea together with the Neighbouring Countries in Greece also the Islands in the Archipelago and Aegean Seas. Emanuel Bowen 1747, 222 x 325, £110 Antique Map of Greece
Portugal - A New and Accurate Map Composed from the latest Improvements and Adjusted by the most Authentic Astronomical Observations by Emanuel Bowen - c.1760, 325 x 222, £65.00 Antique Map of Portugal
Some sold items for your reference
Hampshire, Large English Atlas, Thomas Kitchin, circa 1778, 520 x 683mm, SOLD Hampshire by Thomas Kitchin
Kent, Emanuel Bowen, The Large English Atlas, c. 1780, 525 x 708mm, SOLD Kent by Emanuel Bowen
Devonshire, Emanuel Bowen, Royal English Atlas, 1763, 410 x 500mm, SOLD Emanuel Bowen old map of Devonshire
Europe - A New and Accurate Map Harris's Voyages, Emanuel Bowen C. 1750, 370 x 450, SOLD 18th century map of Europe
Hampshire , Emanuel Bowen, English Atlas, 420 x 510, 1777, SOLD Hampshire - Emanuel Bowen
North Pole - Correct Draught of the North Pole and of all the Countries between the Pole and the Parallel of 50 Degrees, Emanuel Bowen c.1760, 400 x 460, SOLD North Pole - 18th century map
Sussex, Large English Atlas, Emanuel Bowen circa 1760, 506 x 681mm, SOLD Sussex by Emanuel Bowen Large English Atlas

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