One of the earliest obtainable maps of the Galapagos Islands, published 100 years prior to Charles Darwin's visit.
Bowen's map of South America is one of only a few obtainable separate maps of the Galapagos Islands published in the 18th Century.
The map includes an extensive note on the origin of the name Galapagos (named for the Tortoises which use the island to lay their eggs) and the Spanish and English contacts with Island, subsequent to its discovery in 1684. The map appeared in Harris's Navigantium. . ., published in London.
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.