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Description

Decorative antique engraved map of East Africa, colored by kingdoms and provinces. The map is highly embellished, including a cartouche showing a wildebeest and a compass rose.

The map extends from the Gulf of Adan and part of the Saudi Peninsula to Biafra, Medra, Bournou, and Berdoa, showing Medin. The map centers on Nubia and Ethiopia.

The map is very detailed, with lots of annotations in English. These describe the history, politics, and geography of the region.

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.