Sale 610 Lot 37

* BOWEN, Emmanuel (ca 1693-1767). A Complete System of Geography Being a Description of All the Countries, Islands, Cities, Chief Towns, Harbours... of the Known World. London: William Innys et al, 1744.

2 volumes, folio (416 x 260). General title and titles to each volume printed in red and black, 2 engraved plates, 69 engraved maps (46 double-page, one double-page folding). (Some pale mostly marginal spotting, first volume with pale marginal dampstain to a few leaves and a few small wormholes upper margin on approximately 20 leaves.) Contemporary calf (losses to spine ends, some overall wear).

FIRST EDITION of the System of Geography by "one of the leading 18th-century map and printsellers and engravers in London" (Tooley), based on the fourth edition of the Compleat Geographer published by Herman Moll. With 22 maps relating to the Americas. The maps were also published in A Complete Atlas of 1752, and John Harris's Complete Collection of Voyages of 1744-1748. ESTC T140529; Phillips 603 (calling for 68 maps and 2 plates only).

Estimate $1,000-2,000

Provenance: J.B. (signature on title-page vol.I).

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