Thomas Bowen British Isles


Thomas Bowen.  “A New and Correct Map of Great Britain from the most accurate Surveys by Thos. Bowen..”  From Thomas Bankes’ A Modern, Authentic and Complete System of Universal Geography.   London: C. Cooke, 1787.  16 1/2 x 12.  Engraving.  Very good condition.

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An interesting map from a series of engravings issued in the Rev. Thomas Bankes’ Geography, published near the end of the eighteenth century.  Bankes was the Vicar at Dixton, Monmouthshire, and he compiled his geography of all parts of the world, which included “a Genuine History and Description of the Whole World.”  Also included in this work were images and reports from James Cook’s three voyages, so that Bankes’ volume provided as complete and up-to-date a report on the known world as was available at the time.  The Geography is particularly interesting for the “near Two Hundred beautiful Engravings, …executed in a much superior Stile than any Thing that has ever appeared in this Kingdom.”  Among these engravings were a series of accurate and attractive maps of different parts of the world, among which this is a nice example drawn by Thomas Bowen.