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Description

Large and rare map of Scandinavia with an inset map of Spitsbergen and an inset view of Stockholm.

The map was produced by the partnership of George Willdey, a London instrument maker with a side business in cartography, and Emanuel Bowen, who was a godfather of 18th century English mapmaking (his son was Thomas Bowen, and Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jefferys apprenticed to him).

A large portion of the two highly decorative cartouches is given over to promoting Willdey's instrument business; in the title cartouche is a text advertisement and in the additional decorative cartouche the items for sale at his shop are shown.

Rarity

OCLC notes 2 copies (National Library of Sweden and the National Library of Scotland).

Condition Description
Expert repairs on verso at old vertical folds.
Emanuel Bowen Biography

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.