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Auction 132, Lot 407

"Europa Volgens de nieuwste Verdeeling", Bohn, Francois

Subject: Europe

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.

Condition: A+

Original color with minor surface soil in margins.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 6/2/2010