"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 is a very uncommon cartographic curiosity showing Europe in a female shape. This map follows the 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. 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.