Auction 159, Lot 403

"A New and Accurate Map of Great Britain & Ireland, Together with Their Respective Islands &c. Drawn from Surveys, and the Most Approved Maps and Charts, the Whole Being Regulated by Astronomical Observations", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: Britain

Period: 1744 (circa)

Publication: A Complete System of Geography

Color: Black & White

16.5 x 13.4 inches
41.9 x 34 cm

This map covers all of Britain and Ireland, and extends north to include the Faroe Islands and Shetland Islands. It is densely filled with place names and depicts rivers, forests and topography. The map is further embellished with a title cartouche featuring a coastal battle scene and flanked by the goddess Athena and a river god. Emanuel Bowen was one of the leading English mapmakers of the 18th century. Unusually, he obtained royal appointments as engraver to both the French and English Royal Courts.

References: McCorkle (18th c. Geography Books) #17-4.

Condition: B

Light toning along the centerfold, a centerfold separation at bottom that enters 1.5" into the image, and one edge tear at bottom that just passes the neatline that has been closed on verso with archival tape. Several other edge chips and tears are confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $230


Closed on 9/14/2016