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Description

Decorative and highly detailed map of the Holy Land, published in London by Emanuel Bowen in the mid-18th century for his A Complete System of Geography.

This map divides the Promised Land according to the twelve (or so) tribes of Israel, with Manasseh divided into Half Tribes and other inhabitants, such as the Moabites, marked. The map also shows towns, roads, rivers, lakes, mountains, and more, as based upon Biblical information. Northwards, the map extends into Syria and Arabia Petrea can be seen in the south.

The map further includes a decorative cartouche and compass rose.

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.