|Dimensions||200 x 290 mm|
A detailed map of Southeast Asia and India, extending from part of Persia to Canton, China, and including the top of Borneo and the Malay peninsular, from Christopher Middleton's 'Complete System of Geography'. The map's title is set in the upper right corner within a decorative cartouche featuring a shell, flower, and leaves. Many of the maps in this atlas were engraved by Thomas Bowen, however this plate is unsigned.
Middleton's Complete System of Geography was one of a number of similar late eighteenth century encyclopaedic series, combining travel narratives and explorers stories with military, social, and geographic history. The series was heavily illustrated, featuring numerous copper engraved plates, and maps by and after Thomas Bowen.
Thomas Bowen (1733-1790) was an English engraver, map-maker, and printseller. He worked with his father, Emanuel Bowen, on the Royal English Atlas and the Atlas Angelicanus, which he completed after his fathers death in 1767. He engraved maps for Taylor & Skinner's Survey of the Roads of North Britain and many other publications.
Condition: Good, clean impression. Minor time toning to margins, not affecting map. Minor foxing to centre of sheet. Blank on verso