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Auction 185, Lot 33

"The World According to Ronald Reagan",

Subject: World

Period: 1987 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

33.9 x 22 inches
86.1 x 55.9 cm
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This superb persuasive map satirizes the political situation between the United States and Soviet Union in the 1980s, during Ronald Reagan's presidency. The focal point of the map are large caricatures of Ronald Reagan, dressed as a cowboy and standing in an absurdly large California, and Mikhail Gorbachev, overseeing the "Evil Empire." Both leaders eye one another suspiciously while standing ready to pull their guns out of their holsters. Portraits of three other leaders are included -- Margaret Thatcher, Daniel Ortega or Muammar Quaddafi -- who oversee the situation and appear unperturbed. The map gives an unfavorable view of nearly every friend and foe of the United States, as well as of citizens of the United States itself. The only group that appears unscathed is the "Republicans and other real Americans" that occupies the central and southeastern United States. "Democrats and welfare bums" are relegated to the Northeast, while those in the Pacific Northwest are noted as "environmental freaks." Allies of the United States aren't treated any better: Canada is "Acidrainia (a subsidiary of USA Corp.);" Britain is noted as a "Reaganomics prototype;" western Europe is labeled "socialists and pacifist wimps;" and Australia is simply identified as "kangaroos." This map was created by David Horsey (born 1951), an editorial cartoonist who has won two Pulitzer prizes for his work. This is a later edition of this map by Horsey, first published in 1982, with the same title but with Leonid Brezhnev as the leader of the USSR and without the portraits of Thatcher, Ortega or Quaddafi. Published by AA Graphics, Inc. in Seattle, Washington.


Condition: B+

A clean example with some cockling of the paper, a few tiny abrasions at bottom left, and minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $850

Closed on 11/17/2021