Map of southwest Germany

August 26, 2015
Germany after the Peace

A New and Accurate Map of the South West part of Germany. Comprehending the Archbishoprics of Mentz and Treves, the Electoral Palat, of the Rhine, Duchy of Wirtemberg, Franconia, Swabia, Alsace, Lorrain etc.
1747 (undated) 13 x 9.5 in (33.02 x 24.13 cm) 1 : 2300000


This is beautiful 1747 map of the southwestern part of Germany by the British cartographer Emanuel Bowen. It covers the southwestern parts of Germany along with parts of modern day France and Luxemburg. The Duchy of Luxemburg, Wirtember, Swabia, Alsee, Lorrain, Franconia, the Archbishoprics of Mentz and Treves, and the Bishoprics of Augsburg, Bamberg, etc. are also included. Cities of Luxemburg, Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Basel, Ulm, Baden, Mainz, etc. are noted. Includes the important mediaeval and renaissance center of Nuremburg. Today Franconia is a historic district and has been consolidated with Bavaria.

The bottom half of the map includes a large inset detailing the 'Exact plans of old and new Brisac or Brisach (Breisach), with their fortifications and places adjacent.' Situated on the Rhine River Breisach changed hands between the French and Holy Roman Empires during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The inset details forts and roads, with a reference along the right margin. New Brisach is detailed in a smaller inset above the title. Throughout the map notes several towns, cities, rivers, lakes, roads and a host of additional topographical features, with mountains beautifully rendered in profile. A beautiful title cartouche is included in the top right quadrant. This map was prepared by Emanuel Bowen as plate no. 16 for the 1747 issue of A Complete System of Geography.


Emanuel Bowen (1714-1767) had the high distinction to be named Royal Mapmaker to both to King George II of England and Louis XV of France. Based in London from 1714 onwards, Bowen was highly regarded for producing some of the largest, most detailed, most accurate and most attractive maps of his era. He is known to have worked with some of the most prominent cartographic names of the period including Herman Moll, John Owen, and Thomas Kitchin. Despite his renown and success, Bowen, like many cartographers, died in poverty. Upon Emanuel Bowen's death, his cartographic work was taken over by his son, Thomas Bowen (?? - 1790) who also died in poverty.


Bowen, E., A Complete System of Geography. Being a description of all the countries, islands, cities, chief towns, harbours, lakes, and rivers, mountains, mines, etc., of the known world …, (London) 1747.

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