Highly decorative map of Italy, published in London by Emanuel Bowen in the mid-18th century for his A Complete System of Geography. The map shows detail from the French and Swiss borders southwards through Tuscany. Relief is shown, as are borders and major cities.
The map is centered on Genoa and Milan, but shows the region from Lake Geneva to Toulon and Venice to Sienna. Appended to the map at the bottom is a very detailed map of Livorno on the mouth of the Arno. This latter map includes rhumb lines, soundings, and numerous annotations. Both maps include their respective compass roses.
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.