"Europe, Exhibiting Its Principal States, &c.", Faden, William
Period: 1791 (dated)
Publication: The General Atlas of the Four Grand Quarters of the World...
Color: Hand Color
25.6 x 20.4 inches
65 x 51.8 cm
This map of Europe depicts the political boundaries just prior to the outbreak of the French Revolution. France encompasses Belgium and Luxembourg, encompassing nearly all the land west and south of the Rhine River. Central Europe is dominated by Germany and Hungary and the Balkans are under control of Turkey. Although the full extend of the Kingdom of Poland is outlined in pink, the partitions of 1772 are highlighted in various colors. The map is adorned with a decorative title cartouche featuring the female personification of Europe and cherubs symbolizing science, art and literature. Engraved by W. Palmer.
Original color in the map with later color in the cartouche. There is light toning along the centerfold, minor soiling, and a few creases confined to the blank margins. There are archival repairs to a chip at top right and a couple of marginal tears, all outside the image.