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Description

Striking map of France, with a large allegorical cartouche and two inset maps showing the harbors at Toulon and Brest. This work was published by Emanuel Bowen, an important 18th-century English cartographer.

The map is highly detailed, with numerous regions named, rivers shown, forests depicted, and more. Relief is projected pictorially. Eastwards, France appears to fall short of its modern borders in Alsace-Lorraine, and in the south Nice is still shown as on the Italian frontier.

The insets of Toulon and Brest provide much more maritime detail, with text explaining the ports, and numerous soundings and altitude measurements shown.

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.