Decorative map of Portugal, delimited by provinces. This map was published in London by Emanuel Bowen in the mid-18th century for his A Complete System of Geography.
The map is detailed and shows, towns, roads, rivers, islands, lakes, mountains, and more. A decorative cartouche and compass rose are included.
Bowen cites two sources for this map, the Seat of War in the Ocean & Mediterranean Sea, as well as draughts produced by Massalian pilots. The former map appears to be self-referential, as Bowen produced a series of similarly titled works, although we have not been able to locate this one.
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.