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A Map Of Somerset Shire

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A Map Of Somerset Shire : E. Bowen / J. Owen

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Emanuel Bowen was one of the most prolific map engravers active in London in the mid-eighteenth century. Beginning his career in about 1714 he continued into the 1760s producing maps of all parts of Britain and the world. In fact, few other mapmakers of any period could lay claim to such a broad output; from maps or plans of localised British regions and counties, to maps of almost unknown regions such as Australia and the North Pole! Bowen's maps appeared in atlases, travel and history books, periodicals and as separate publications. However, despite the quantity of work, many of his maps have an important place in cartography - most notably the large-scale county maps designed with Thomas Kitchin. Undoubtedly, one of the most popular atlases of the early eighteenth century was "Britannia Depicta ...", based on John Ogilby's famous road book of 1675, and first published in 1720. The maps include, within decorated cartouches, information regarding market days, distances and such like pertaining to the county shown. Minor marginal reinforcement but a very attractive example.
region: Somerset
mapmakers: E. Bowen   J. Owen  
place and date of publication: London 1720-c.1740
medium and colour: copperplate, coloured
size in mm: 180 by 120mm (7 by 4.75 inches).
ref: 41960

Price: £ 100

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