Bowen Canadian Atlantic Provinces, 1752


Emanuel Bowen.  “A New & Accurate Map of the Islands of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, St. John and Anticosta; together with the Neighbouring Counties of Nova Scotia, Canada &c.”  From A Complete Atlas or Distinct View of the Known World.  London: W. Innys, 1752.  13 3/8 x 16 1/2.  Engraving.  Full hand color.  Very good condition.

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A striking and detailed antique map of the area around the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.  Emanuel Bowen was a map engraver, printer and publisher in London in the mid-eighteenth century.  He achieved considerable success in this field, being appointed as engraver to both Louis XV of France and George II of Britain, and later as Geographer to the latter.  He produced some of the most interesting maps of his time.  Despite his royal appointments and apparent success, Bowen died in poverty in 1767.  Through all the vicissitudes of his life, however, Emanuel Bowen’s maps continued at a very high level of quality, as exemplified by this nicely detailed map of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces.  Detail is extensive, including the British settlements (mostly along the coasts) and the interior rivers and lakes.  Also indicated are the “fishing banks” which played so important a role in the region.