Auction 103, Lot 282

"Europa Volgens de nieuwste Verdeeling", Bohn, Francois

Subject: Europe - Cartographic Curiosity

Period: 1794 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.2 x 6.6 inches
23.4 x 16.8 cm

A very uncommon cartographic curiosity showing Europe in the shape of a woman. This map follows a tradition of depicting Europe as a regal queen but with an interesting twist and political commentary. This anti-Napoleonic image demotes Europa from a virgin-queen to a homely middle-aged housewife. The figure is superimposed over a map that includes a fair amount of detail. The Iberian Peninsula forms the head with a matronly cap. Italy is her left arm that holds a cup (Sicily) that she is stirring with a pair of sheers held in her right hand (Corsica and Sardinia). Her scarf forms Britain, and the rest of the continent is encompassed in her flowing dress.

References: Lewes - Mercator's World Vol. 4, No. 1 - The Female Landscape.

Condition: A

Professional repair of small tear from binding edge just to neatline.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/11/2003