1751 The Netherlands


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Original mid-18th century copperplate engraved map of the seven United Provinces, published in Tindal’s translation of Paul Rapin De Toras’s History of England. The map features extensive detail of the area which is now primarily The Netherlands.

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The map title is contained within a fine decorative cartouche, showing Dutch costume at the time; and symbols of it’s excellence in shipbuilding. The industry still flourishes today.

Emanuel Bowen, map and print seller, was engraver to George II and to Louis XV of France and worked in London from about 1714 onwards producing some of the best and most attractive maps of the century. He had plans for completing a major County Atlas but, finding the task beyond his means, joined with Thomas Kitchin to publish The Large English Atlas. Many of the maps were issued individually from 1749 onwards and the whole atlas was not finally completed until 1760. With one or two exceptions they were the largest maps of the counties to appear up to that time (690 x 510mm) and are unusual in that the blank areas round each map are filled with historical and topographical detail which makes fascinating and amusing reading. The atlas was re-issued later in reduced size. Apart from his county maps and atlases of different parts of the world he also issued (with John Owen fl. 1720) a book of road maps based, as was usual at that 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, Thomas, who carried on the business, was no more fortunate and died in a Clerkenwell workhouse in 1790.

  • 1714 Maps of the Continents
  • 1720 (with John Owen) Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improved (small 4t0) Numerous editions to 1764 in varying sizes
  • 1744-47 A Complete System of Geography
  • 1744-48 Maps for Complete Collection of Voyages (Harris)
  • 1751 Complete Atlas or Distinct View of the Known World
  • 1755-60 (with Thomas Kitchin) The Large English Atlas (average size 690 x 510 mm) 1763, 1767, 1777, 1785, 1787 Further editions and enlargements
  • 1758 (with John Gibson) Atlas Minimus (24mo) 1774 Re-issued
  • 1762 (with Thomas Kitchin) The Royal English Atlas (average size 215 x 315 mm) 1778, 1780 Re-issued 1794-1828 Re-issued as The English Atlas
  • 1763 (with Benjamin Martin fl. 1759-63) The Natural History of England
  • 1766 Universal History of the World
  • 1767 (with Thomas Bowen) Atlas Anglicanus (average size 225 x 320 mm) 1777 Re-issued
  • 1777 (Thomas Bowen) The World showing the Discoveries of Capt. Cook and other circumnavigators
  • 1784 (Thomas Bowen) Maps in Rapin’s History of England

Paul de Rapin (March 25, 1661 – 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage. The son of Jacques de Rapin, an avocat at Castres (Tarn), he was educated at the Protestant academy of Saumur, and in 1679 became an advocate, but soon afterwards joined the army. The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and the death of his father led him to come to England; but, unable to find work there, he went on to the Netherlands where he enlisted in a company of French volunteers at Utrecht, commanded by his cousin, Daniel de Rapin. He accompanied William III to England in 1688, and during the Williamite war in Ireland he took part in the siege of Carrickfergus and the Battle of the Boyne, and was wounded at the Siege of Limerick (1690). Soon afterwards he was promoted to captain; but in 1693 he resigned in order to become tutor to the Earl of Portland’s son. After travelling with the boy, he settled with his family (he married Marie-Anne Testart in 1699) in Holland, first at the Hague, then, to save money, at Wesel, in 1707. It was at Wesel that he began his great work, L’Histoire d’Angleterre. Volume I contained, in five books, an account of Britain from the time of the Ancient British down to the Norman Conquest, and made an unusually thorough attempt for its time to rally the various principal sources. Volume II (Books VI-VIII) Covered from William the Conqueror to Henry III; Volume III (IX, X and XI), Edward I to Henry V; Volume IV (XII to XIV), Henry VI to Henry VII; Volume V (XV), Henry VIII; Volume VI (XVI & XVII), Edward VI to Elizabeth, and Vol VII (XVIII), James I and Charles I. It was printed at the Hague in 1724, with illustrations and allegorical endpieces designed and engraved by F.M. La Cave, and with a dedicatory epistle to King George I. The written style is lucid and effective. Although written in French this work was produced for the endorsement of the British monarchy, and at the time of its publication, for the House of Hanover. The original version was almost the only English History available in France in the first half of the eighteenth century.

Rapin’s History was translated in the early 18th century by the Rev Nicolas Tindal. Tindal, the nephew and heir of Dr Matthew Tindal, the eminent deist. Totalling 14 volumes, Tindal began this great task as a chaplain to the Royal Navy, as attested in his Forward to an early volume. He added large numbers of informative notes throughout the volumes, which were illustrated with engravings, maps and genealogical tables of great quality. This Map being part of this magnificent famous translation.

Dimensions 45 × 37 cm
Map Maker

Dimensions with Mount

65 x 57cm


A New and Correct Map of the Seven United Provinces Drawn from the most approved Maps and Charts the whole being regulated by Astronomical Observations by Eman. Bowen


Mr Tindal’s Continuation of Rapins History Of England


London 1751


Excellent condition.

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