Ref: Lon001, 1799, John Bowles
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Bowle's new pocket plan of the cities of London and Westminster with the Borough of Southwark comprehending the new buildings to 1799. Taken from a scarce antique copper engraved map by John Bowles published in 1799. Extending from Hyde Park in the west to White Horse Street in the east and Lambeth to the south and Islington to the north. John Bowles came from a family of map publishers. Thomas Bowles was an engraver in the late 1600's and his sons, Thomas and John carried on publishing maps during the 18th century. John Bowles' son Carrington took over the business eventually with Samuel Carver and the firm continued to publish maps in to the 19th century.
In 1798 Thomas Malthus publishes his "Essay on the Principle of Population" in which he describes population growth as a threat to humanity. The French attempt to invade Ireland. Napoleon conquers Egypt. In 1799 in the US George Washington dies. Population of London now around 1,000,000.
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