"Europa Volgens de nieuwste Verdeeling", Bohn, Francois
Period: 1794 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
6.5 x 9.2 inches
16.5 x 23.4 cm
This is a very uncommon cartographic curiosity showing Europe in a female shape. 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 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.
Original color with minor surface soil in margins.