Emanuel Bowen: Denmark 1767

A continuing series of posts to highlight my small antique map collection (after a bit of a hiatus). All scans are taken directly from an original copy, not a reproduction.

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Map of Denmark taken from Emanuel Bowen’s “A Complete System of Geography”, first published in 1747, but shop I bought this from claimed it was 1767 so possibly a later edition.

From Geographicus:

Emanuel Bowen (1694 – May 8, 1767) had the high distinction to be named Royal Mapmaker to both to King George II of England and Louis XV of France. Bowen was born in Talley, Carmarthen, Wales, to a distinguished but not noble family. He apprenticed to Charles Price, Merchant Taylor, from 1709. He was admitted to the Merchant Taylors Livery Company on October 3, 1716, but had been active in London from about 1714. A early as 1726 he was noted as one of the leading London engravers. Bowen is highly regarded for producing some of the largest, most detailed, most accurate and most attractive maps of his era. He is known to have worked with most British cartographic figures of the period including Herman Moll and John Owen. Among his multiple apprentices, the most notable were Thomas Kitchin, Thomas Jeffreys, and John Lodge. Another apprentice, John Oakman (1748 – 1793) who had an affair with and eventually married, Bowen’s daughter. Other Bowen apprentices include Thomas Buss, John Pryer, Samuel Lyne, his son Thomas Bowen, and William Fowler. Despite Despite achieving peer respect, renown, and royal patronage, Bowen, like many cartographers, died in poverty. Upon Emanuel Bowen’s death, his cartographic work was taken over by his son, Thomas Bowen (1733 – 1790) who also died in poverty.

Explore the map below using Magic Toolbox‘s excellent plugin

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Watch out for the next map in this series..

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Dave

Mathematician at the University of Warwick in the UK with research interests in equivariant bifurcation theory and applications, especially in modelling of insect locomotion. Teaching interests include online learning and innovative teaching methods. Also occasionally created material for the University's now defunct "International Gateway for Gifted Youth". He has been active on the Internet since 1995, initially though his UFO and Michael Schenker website, but now through a multitude of projects.

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