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Bowen's Map of Asia from the Navigantium

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Bowen's Map of Asia from the Navigantium

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  • Emanuel Bowen
  • Cartography & Mythology

    This map of Asia features some interesting cartographic conjectures, including the entirely mythical ‘Company’s Land’ and adjacent ‘De Gama’s Land’ northeast of Japan, supposedly discovered by Jean de Gama ‘in a voyage from China to New Spain’ according to a printed note. 

    The mapmaker

    Born in Wales c. 1693, Emanuel Bowen was an important British cartographer, engraver to both George II and Louis XV. He produced some of the most decorative eighteenth century English maps. In spite of his royal appointments, in 1767 he died in poverty: "reduced through family extravagances, and almost blind through age" (Gough). He was a Freemason and a Baptist and was buried at Bunhill Fields, a London cemetery for dissenters.

    Condition & Materials 

    Copper engraving, 37.5 x 46 cm, modern hand-colour, blank verso. Published in John Harris' ‘Navigantium’, a mid 18th century English compilation of ‘above 600 of the most authentic’ accounts of voyages and travels.