Gorgeous full color example of Bowen's highly detailed map of Japan. The map identifies Provinces, towns, islands, lakes, mountains, and many other details. Several annotations note the recently discovered islands, colonial details, etc. Large attractive cartouche. One of the best English maps of Japan issued in the mid 18th Century. Cortazzi, Pl. 81, Walter 92, Campbell 61.
Emanuel Bowen (1694?-1767) was a British engraver and print seller. He was most well-known for his atlases and county maps. Although he died in poverty, he was widely acknowledged for his expertise and was appointed as mapmaker to both George II of England and Louis XV of France. His business was carried on by his son, Thomas Bowen. He also trained many apprentices, two of whom became prominent mapmakers, Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jeffreys.