1770 Thomas Bowen Antique Map of Africa
Africa from the best authorities by Thos. Bowen, Thomas (active 1749 - 1790). 9 1/4in x 8 1/4in (235mm x 210mm). This original copper plate engraved antique map of Africa was engraved by Thomas Bowen and published in 1770. Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color : - off white Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 9 1/4in x 8 1/4in (235mm x 210mm) Plate size: - 9 1/4in x 8 1/4in (235mm x 210mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm). Margins: - Folds as issued, age toning Plate area: - Light creasing along folds, as issued. Age toning Verso: - Folds as issued. Background: The first separately printed map of Africa (as with the other known continents) appeared in Munsters Geographia from 1540 onwards and the first atlas devoted to Africa only was published in 1588 in Venice by Livio Sanuto, but the finest individual map of the century was that engraved on 8 sheets by Gastaldi, published in Venice in 1564. Apart from maps in sixteenth-century atlases generally there were also magnificent marine maps of 1596 by Jan van Linschoten (engraved by van Langrens) of the southern half of the continent with highly imaginative and decorative detail in the interior. In the next century there were many attractive maps including those of Mercator/Hondius (1606), Speed (1627), Blaeu (1 630), Visscher (1636), de Wit c. 1670, all embellished with vignettes of harbours and principal towns and bordered with elaborate and colourful figures of their inhabitants, but the interior remained uncharted with the exception of that part of the continent known as Ethiopia, the name which was applied to a wide area including present-day Abyssinia. Here the legends of Prester John lingered on and, as so often happened in other remote parts of the world, the only certain knowledge of the region was provided by Jesuit missionaries. Despite the formidable problems which faced them, the French cartographers G. Bellin (1754) greatly improved the standards of mapping of the continent, improvements which were usually, although not always, maintained by Homann, Seutter, de Ia Rochette, Bowen, Faden and many others in the later years of the century. Sebastian Petri re-release of Cosomgraphia in 1588 produced some fine woodcut maps in the copperplate style. The maps in this release were more sophisticated than with earlier publications of Cosomgraphia and were based on the 1570 release of Abraham Ortelius monumental work Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. He died in Clerkenwell workhouse early in 1790. What is an Antique Map. The word Antique in the traditional sense refers to an item that is more than a hundred years old. The majority of antique maps for sale today come from books or atlases and have survived due to the protection offered by the hardback covers. The first thing to determine when staring a collection or purchasing an item, is what is important to you. Most collectors prefer to build their collections around a theme.
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- Cartographer/Publisher: Thomas Bowen
- Printing Technique: Copper Plate
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Format: Atlas Map
- Type: World Atlas
- Year: 1770
- Date Range: 1700-1799
- Country/Region: Africa