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Detailed map of William Dampier's tracts through the Timors and over top of Nova Guinea, circumnavigation of Nova Britania and return along the Coast of Nova Guinea. Includes an extensive annotation on the area, beginning with its discovery by Saavedra and rediscovery by Schouten, with information on the native population and history of further visits and ending with a note on Dampier's trip through the area. A highly detailed regional map from Harris' Navigantorum, one of the most important compilations of discoveries and voyages issued in the 18th Century. Nice example with wide clean margins and only a bit of the usual offsetting, which is normally more pronounced on this map. Important map evidencing the increasing importance of English exploration in the region beginning in the late 17th Century.

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.