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Bowen, Eman[uel].
Rare Map of South Wales. A New and Accurate Map of South Wales.
Publisher: Printed for Carinton Bowles and Robt Sayer, London;
Date of Publication: 1760
Stock Code: 6677
Second Edition, n.d. but circa 1760. Map approx 158 cm x 113 cm, dissected into 32 parts and mounted onto linen. Uncoloured. Large title cartouche to upper left corner with allegorical figures and putti, and second large cartouche for dedication to the Prince of Wales to lower left corner with figures and armorial crest. Five large engraved views of Carmarthen, Brecknock (Brecon), Haverfordwest, Swansey (Swansea) and Tenby each approx 21 cm x 10. Distance tables at foot for principal journeys and Explanation key together with Scale in border at lower right corner (scale 3 inches to 5 miles). Linen to rear lightly surface soiled and foxed; some wear at folds including single 8 cm length with very minor loss and associated fraying. Small corner crease; 3 very minor holes to Haverfordwest engraving. Map itself partially faintly toned with some creasing at section edges; overall a clean and well preserved map.
Large scale map of six counties by the noted engraver Emanuel Bowen (c.1694-1767). Cartographer to both George II of Great Britain and Louis XV of France Bowen’s early work Britannia Depicta showed the English and Welsh counties, and he was commissioned in the mid eighteenth century to produce the Large English Atlas of county maps, a long-term and ambitious project. Bowen is also known for his small traveller’s road strip maps for specific routes, often compared with the Sat-nav system used today. This map was printed in 6 sheets and shows towns, villages, churches, chapels and “Gentlemen’s Seats” as well as rivers, roads, forests and other landscape features. The original 1729 first edition and this later undated edition are both rare. The dedication to George Prince of Wales determines that it was printed in or before 1760 as he acceded to the throne as George III during that year. Rare.
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