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SOLD Handcoloured Antique Map. “Route: London to Reading”. After Emmanuel Bowen (1694-1767) and John Owen (XVIi-XVIII). Published C 1760.


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This copper engraved route map of London to Reading by way of Hammersmith, Hounslow, and Maidenhead is by Emanuel Bowen after the earlier survey by John Ogilby. On the verso is part of the route continuing on including Woolhampton, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford and Marlborough. Emanuel Bowen was an English map engraver, who worked for George II of England and Louis XV of France as a geographer.An 18th-century map and print seller, who worked in London from about 1714, producing some of the best and attractive maps of the century. One of his earliest engraved works Britannia Depicta, published in 1720 contained over two hundred road maps together with a miniature county map of each of the counties of England and Wales. He also issued with John Owen, who wrote the text, a book of road maps based, as was usual at the time, on Ogilby, but again incorporating his own style of historical and heraldic detail. In spite of his royal appointments and apparent prosperity he died in poverty and his son, who carried on the business was no more fortunate and died in a Clerkenwell workhouse in 1790. This more than 250 year old map is presented in a c late 20th century gilt framing.