"Europa Volgens de Nieuwste Verdeeling", Bohn, Francois
Period: 1794 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
6.7 x 9.3 inches
17 x 23.6 cm
This interesting work includes a general map of Europe and a corresponding cartographic curiosity showing Europe in a female shape. The map of Europe as a woman (6.6 x 9.2") is very uncommon and follows the tradition of depicting Europe as a regal queen but with an interesting twist. This 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. In her article "The Female Landscape," Darby Lewes describes the image as "anti-Napoleonic," but given its publication date and historical context, it is likely that the map's satirical intent is more generalized. Engraved by Hendrik Klockhoff.
References: Lewes (Mercator's World Vol. 4, No. 1) pp. 34-41.
A crisp impression, issued folding and now flattened, with professional repairs to several short fold separations. There is a tiny tear in the blank margin that has been archivally repaired, and a binding trim at top that has been professionally replaced with old paper.