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Emanuel Bowen (1693?-1767)was one of the most prominent figures in English cartography during the middle of the eighteenth century. Since the highly influential ‘Britannia’ by John Ogilby had been first published in 1675 no smaller version had been issued. Then in the period 1718-20 a flush of four projects were conceived, three of which were completed. In 1720 Owen and Bowen’s ‘Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv’d’ was published. This was unquestionably the most successful. It is the only one of the three to include a set of county maps with the road strips. The author of the text was John Owen an antiquarian who had been admitted to the Middle Temple in 1718. Although known as the Owen and Bowen atlas it was in fact published jointly by Bowen and John Bowles (1701-79). It had a long life running to numerous editions; this is an example of the 1736 issue. This edition was also available for a while. Hodson identified 3 issues, this being an example of the first with the preliminary leaves bearing signatures A and A2 with the catchword on the first of LONDON. Provenance: manuscript inscription on verso of plate 273 dated April 16, 1799; over an earlier inscription of James Forrest; private English collection. Bennett (1996) pp. 40-1; Carroll (1996) 23; Chubb (1927) 153; Harley (1970) Introduction to ‘Britannia Depicta’; Hodson (1984-97) 159; Shirley (2004) T.Bow 1i.
OWEN, John & BOWEN, Emanuel

Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv'd; Being a Correct Coppy of Mr Ogilby's Actual Survey of all ye Direct & Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales ...

Thomas Bowles, London, 1736
Octavo (195 x 135 mm.), full contemporary calf, gilt panelled, rebacked with ribbed spine, gilt ruled compartments each with ornate gilt floral feature, with green calf title label attached, marbled endpapers. With title page, pp. 5, (3), 273, with 273 engraved plates of road strips and county maps printed back-to-back, a good example.
Stock number: 10145
£ 1,250
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