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This week we have been charting the story of Captain James Cook via a collection of maps, ranging from 16th Century Townbooks to 1920s London Underground posters. The first up is this spectacular summary of mid-18th century English cartographic knowledge from John Bowles, that would have been a totem of scientific prowess to a young James Cook (who was 14 when it was published). It includes details of geocentric theory (for those of an old-fashioned disposition), a geographic glossary, and a striking portrait of 'the face of the Sun'. It is surely among the most ambitious maps ever created; please do feel free to drop by the shop for your own private viewing.

There is also a fine article on the great Captain Cook that can be found on our website via this link:…/…/the-layered-legacy-of-captain-cook/
John Bowles

 'A New and Correct Map of the World Laid down agreable to late Observations and Discoveries Shewing the Principal Divisions of the Earth & Waters [...]'
Printed for John Bowles At The Black Horse In Cornhill, London, 1744.
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