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BOWEN, Emanuel (1693/4-1767) [OGILBY, John, 1600-1676]
Britannia depicta or Ogilby improv'd; being a correct coppy of Mr. Ogilby's Actual survey of all ye direct & principal cross roads in England and Wales: . . . And to render this--work universally usefull & agreeable, . . . are added . . . 1. A full & particular description & account of all the cities, borough-towns, towns-corporate . . . By Ino. Owen . . . 2. The arms of the peers of this realm . . . 3. The arms of all ye bishopricks & deanaries, . . . 4. The arms, & a succinct account of both universities & their respective colleges, . . . Lastly particular & correct maps of all ye counties of South Britain; with a--summary description of each county, . . . By Eman: Bowen engraver
London: Printed for, & sold by Tho: Bowles print & map seller next ye. Chapter House in St. Pauls Church-Yard & Em. Bowen ne, 1720. London: Printed for, & sold by Tho: Bowles print & map seller next ye. Chapter House in St. Pauls Church-Yard & Em. Bowen next ye King of Spain in S: Katherines, 1720. First Edition. Full Calf. Fine. 8vo: [6],273,[1]pp, comprising 54 county maps and associated suites of strip road maps in three or four columns over 273 plates engraved front and back by Emanuel Bowen. Contemporary Cambridge-style paneled calf, sympathetically rebacked, spine with five raised bands ruled in gilt, recent red morocco lettering piece gilt, all edges speckled red, plain period end papers. An all-together elaborate production, in Fine, clean, bright condition, each map fully and elaborately engraved by Emanuel Bowen and enhanced with little-known historical facts (supplied by the antiquarian John Owen), elaborate heraldic images, rococo cartouches and decorative borders. Scarce first or second issue, with "next ye King of Spain in S: Katherines" in the imprint statement (later issues read "near ye Stairs in St. Katherine's"). Issue points as follows: p. 8, Sussex 'rapes' [administrative boundaries] not numbered; p.128 misnumbered '121' (a previous owner has added lines to the numeral '1,' making it look like an '8'. (One leading expert identifies our copy as the second issue, but has not disclosed the nature of his reasoning. As an entirely engraved, chock-a-block with information, Britannia depicta or Ogilby improv'd was being constantly corrected and updated. Of t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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