Bowen's map of Brazil is one of the most interesting English language maps of Brazil from the middle of the 18th Century.
Extending from the Amazon to St. Katherine and centered on the Bahia Todos Santos, it shows Brazil divided into its Portuguese Captaincies.
The map is richly annotated with notes concerning the geography, indigenous peoples and exploration of the region, including a note regarding the omission of the mythical island of Ascension, based upon the work of Sir Edmund Halley.
Includes a decorative cartouche and a large inset of the Island of St. Katherine.
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.