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Item:401787925224ANTIQUE ROAD MAP BY EMMANUEL BOWEN AND JOHN OWEN, FROM THE BOOK BRITANNIA DEPICTA OR OGILBY IMPROVED, PUBLISHED C1720. THIS MAP IS OF THE ROUTE STARTING AT ASHBURTON IN DEVONSHIRE, TRAVELLING THROUGH BRENT AND ENDING AT PLYMOUTH, WITH NOTES ON EAST LOOE AND PLYMOUTH IN MARGIN. HAND COLOURED AT A LATER DATE, INCLUDING THE ARMS OF EAST LOOE. PAGE NUMBER 65. ON THE REVESE IS THE ROUTE FROM PLYMOUTH TO LOOE, FOY AND ON TO TREGONY, WHICH IS UNCOLOURED AND SHOWS THE ARMS OF W. LOOE. THIS PAGE HAS ONE LIGHT PENCIL MARK DONE TO INDICATE THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE COLOURED. PAGE NUMBER 66. MAP IS A GOOD QUALITY IMAGE. Copperplate engraving measuring approx 7" by 4" for image size, with the total page size at approx 8" by 5 1/2" These are genuine old maps and not a reproduction! Biography: Emanuel Bowen (fl. 1714 - 67) An 18th century map and print seller, 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. 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. 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.Antique/ Modern:Antique
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Ashburton Plymouth Looe Foy Tregony Owen Bowen Map 1720 From Britannia Depicta