Striking map of Switzerland, showing the Helvetic nation in fine detail. This highly decorative map was originally published in London by Emanuel Bowen in the mid-18th century for his A Complete System of Geography.
The map is embellished with thirteen coats of arms placed on the cartouche and a compass rose. The coats of arms include those of the cantons of Schwyz, Uri, Appenzell, and Obwald. At the bottom is a map of Geneva, entitled A New Plan of the City of Geneva, with sixty-seven points of interest labeled.
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.