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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

JOURNAL DE LA BELGIQUE. [Miniature Leo Belgicus]
[Leo Belgicus.] Brussels, 3rd February, 1815. Wood engraving, printed area 45 x 35mm, set in text. Two tax stamps.
A small 'Leo Belgicus', used as the logo of a four-page newspaper in French, giving news from around Europe the month before Napoleon's return from Elba. On the lion's shield is written 'L'Union Fait la Force'.
[Ref: 7928]    £120.00 ($158 • €134 rates)


HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. [A portrait of Alexander von Humboldt in his study]
[Alexander von Humboldt.] Berlin: Alexander Duncker, c.1848. Tinted lithograph with facsimile autograph, finished by hand. Printed area 315 x 360mm. Marginal tear repaired.
A scene of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) at work in his study, taken from a watercolour by fellow Prussian Eduard Hildebrandt (1818-68), executed when the famed explorer was nearly eighty. The facsimile hand writing states that it is a true representation of his study while he was writing his treatise 'Kosmos' (a term he reintroduced from ancient Greek). The explorer and painter had become friends, and Humboldt had been able to introduce Hildebrandt to some important clients: Hildebrandt's first trip to America was to paint Rio de Janeiro for Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. This led to a world tour, 1860 - 1862, which included stops in the Middle East, India, Singapore, Thailand, Macao, Hong Kong, China, The Philippines, Japan and the United States. A folio of his works from his round-the-world voyage were published as chromolithographs in 1864 in Berlin under the title of 'Reise Um Die Erde' (Journey around the Earth).
[Ref: 16819]    £980.00 ($1,294 • €1,098 rates)


GILLRAY, James. [Caricature map of England, from Gillray's cruder output]
A New Map of England & France. The French Invasion; or John Bull, bombarding the Bum-Boats. London: Henry George Bohn, 1851. Coloured etching. 350 x 260mm.
A satirical map of England, shown divided into counties, with Durham sporting the face of George III with Northumberland his nightcap, East Anglia his knee, Kent his foot and Sussex his buttock. The king is voiding his bowels on the French bumboats (derived from the Dutch for a canoe, 'boomschuit', and meaning a small boat used to ferry supplies to ships moored offshore) trying to cross the Channel. The caricature was drawn and etched by James Gillray (under the pseudonym 'John Schoebert') and originally published by Hannah Humphrey in 1793, at a time when England was in terror of an invasion by the French revolutionaries. In among the bombardment are the words 'British Declaration', referring to George's promise to return Toulon (held by Royalists aided by British and Spanish forces) to French on the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. This example, printed from the original plate, was published in Bohn's 'Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray', the most complete edition of Gillray's work, including the coarser 'Suppressed Plates'. British Museum Satires 8346.
[Ref: 17723]    £950.00 ($1,254 • €1,064 rates)


Anonymous. [A rare caricature map of the end of the Franco-Prussian War]
La Prusse s'Arrêtant. La Ligne Exacte De Démarcation De L'Armistice. Le contour de l'animal montre d'une maniere Absolument Exacte les lignes occupées par les belligérants pendant l'armistice... London: Edward Stanford, 14th February 1871. Tinted lithograph, sheet 405 x 525mm. A few repairs.
An extremely rare broadsheet caricature map of France at the end of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1), with the area occupied by the Prussians depicted as a lion's head with the face of Wilhelm I. After France declared war in July 1870 the Prussians mobilised more quickly and swept into northern France and within two months had captured Napoleon III and had Paris under siege. The fall of the French capital on 28th January 1871 led to an armistice while the terms of the French surrender could be agreed. Two weeks later this pro-French propaganda map was published in London, using the symbolism of the carnivorous lion because 'of the uncontrollable voracity of Prussia exemplified by the veracity of their present demands', which included the annexation of both Alsace and Lorraine. The success of these demands led to the rise of 'revanchism' in France and British concern about the balance of power in Europe, both major factors in the outbreak of the First World War
[Ref: 17986]    £825.00 ($1,089 • €924 rates)


GALL & INGLIS. [A jigsaw map of England and Wales]
England & Wales. Edinburgh & London, c.1880. Original colour. 430 x 330mm, laid on plywood and dissected, as issued, with original box with illustrated lid. Box lid with repaired break and old ink mss. inscription, Shopshire piece split in two. Complete.
An educational jigsaw antique map of England and Wales with a piece depicting each county.
[Ref: 12144]    £350.00 ($462 • €392 rates)


GROSSI, Augusto. [An 1884 satire featuring the famous Russian Octopus]
Ricreazioni Politiche. Récréations Politiques. Bologna: Il Papagallo, 1884. Chromolithograph. Sheet 425 x 610mm. A few signs of age, pasted on card.
An Italian satire commenting on relations between Germany and Russia during the 1880s. Personifications of Germany (drinking), Austria (baiting a hook), Italy (standing waiting) and Spain (smoking a Prussian cigar) lounge on a motor yacht called 'Alleanza' piloted to Otto van Bismarck, pointedly ignoring the Russian octopus floating by their stern, clutching a mine lettered 'Guerra'. On the left a fish marked Saloccico (Thessaloniki, still in the Ottoman Vilayet of Salonica) looks on in fright; on the right is a buoy with an English sailor's head, marked 'galleggiante' (floating). In the background a mermaid (France?) pulls herself up on a Chinese junk. After the victory of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 Bismarck was fearful that France would get its revenge by allying with Russian and attacking Germany from two sides. Therefore he did everything he could to stay on good terms with Russia, ignoring their continued southward push. Meanwhile France was extending its influence in the Far East. On the reverse of the card is another Papagallo satire, relating to the European powers preparing to feast on the Madagascan 'turkey'. 'Il Papagallo' was a satirical magazine founded in January 1873 by Augusto Grossi (1835-1919), which specialised in colour-printed caricatures like this one. At its peak circulatiion reached 50,000, and in 1878 a Parisian version, 'Le Perroquet', and London edition, 'The Parrot', were launched. 'Il Papagallo' closed in 1915, when Grossi was 70 years old. This example, with titles and text in both Italian and French was published in Bologna for editions in both countries.
[Ref: 16585]    £2,500.00 ($3,300 • €2,800 rates)


DAILY MAIL PUBLISHING. [Handkerchief published to raise money for the families of Boer War Soldiers]
The Absent-Minded Beggar. London, the Daily Mail Publishing Co. Ltd, c.1899. Linen handkerchief printed in blue, c. 440 x 440mm.
A printed handkerchief published by the Daily Mail to rise funds for the 'Soldiers' Families Fund' after the outbreak of the Second Boer War (1899-1902), the first charitable effort for a war. The map shows the theatre of war, around the South African Republic (the Transvaal) and the Orange Free State. The two portraits are of Lord Roberts, commander of the British Troops, and Queen Victoria, the British Monarch for the first half of the war. The poem, 'The Absent-Minded Beggar' by Rudyard Kipling, was specially commissioned for the Fund, and was given a musical score by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame). Despite Roberts' portait being entwined in the title, the absent-minded beggar of Kipling’s poem is the British 'Tommy' (private soldier), forgetfully leaving their dependents in need while fighting for their country. The Daily Mail paid Kipling £250 for the poem, which he donated to the fund, as did Sullivan with his £100 payment. Soon afterwards Kipling was offered a knighthood, which he declined. It was not Kipling's favourite work: in his autobiography he wrote that it 'lacked poetry' and became 'wedded... to a tune guaranteed to pull teeth out of barrel-organs'. This did not stop it being a huge success, giving the fund the nickname, 'the Absent-Minded Beggar Relief Corps', and helping it raise £340,000 by the time it was wound up in 1903. Not only was it published worldwide (the New York Journal paid $25 for the privilege), it was recited by actresses including Lily Langtree and Lady Maud Beerbohm Tree. Organising the fund was a coup for the Daily Mail, which had been founded only in 1896. This campaign capitalised on the jingoistic mood of the British public and the paper's circulation soared to over a million issues a day by 1902, the highest in the world. The handkerchief was published by The Graphic and is probably the most famous item of British ephemera produced during the South African War.
[Ref: 16054]    £350.00 ($462 • €392 rates)


ROSE, Frederick W. [A famous English caricature map of Europe]
John Bull and his Friends. A Serio-Comic Map Of Europe by Fred. W. Rose, Author of 'Angling in Troubled Waters' &c &c. Matt. B. Hewerdine from a sketch by Fred. W. Rose. London: G.W. Bacon & Co, 1900. Chromolithograph, printed area 490 x 685mm. Binding folds reinforced on verso, as usual with this map.
The famous map of Europe made up of caricatures of each country, highlighting the insecurities of the time, as explained by the text on the left. The main worry is the Russian octopus with the face of Tsar Nicolas II, with tentacles wrapped around the throats of Poland, Persia and China, one grabbing for Turkey's foot and another laid across Finland. England and Scotland are depicted as a soldier in tropical uniform, waving a Union Jack, with two wildcats, marked 'Orange Free State' and 'Transvaal', savaging his legs. He sits on shells marked with their destinations: India, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Ireland 'vents her abuse' on him. France beckons Germany to help her against Britain who she blames for her colonial upsets, and Italy stretches out a helping hand. Spain is mourning the recent loss of Cuba and the Philippines, her last important colonial possessions. Rose (1849-1915) produced at least three maps of Europe in the same style, the first in 1877, one in 1899 and this the last, in which he was aided by book-illustrator Matthew Bede Hewerdine (1868-1909).
[Ref: 17293]    £6,500.00 ($8,580 • €7,280 rates)


DENDY SADLER, Walter. [A genre scene focused on the use of maps]
[The Right of Way.] London: L.H. Lefevre, 1903, First Issue. Etching, remarqued proof signed in pencil by the artist and engraver. 450 x 550mm.
A scene of the interior of a solicitor's office, with three people examining maps and deeds in an attempt to settle a legal dispute over a right of way. The remarque reiterates the theme, showing a footgate with a 'No Trespassing' sign. The print was etched by James Dobie after Walter Denby Sadler (1854-1923), a celebrated artist of genre scenes.
[Ref: 16434]    £290.00 ($383 • €325 rates)


OHARA, Kisaburo. [A Japanese variant of the Serio-Comic map]
[Japanese title.] A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia. Tokyo: Yoshijiro Yabuzaki, 1904. Chromolithograph, sheet 495 x 560mm.
A variant of the Frederick W. Rose 'octopus' map of Europe, extended to include more Asian states, including India, Tibet, China, Korea and Japan, with a title in Japanese and English, an English description top left and a longer Japanese text under the map. It was drawn by a student at Keio University on the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 so, of course, the focal point of the map is the 'Black Octopus' of Russia. One of its tentacles reaches down to Port Arthur in Manchuria, which was Japan's first target of the hostilities. Ohara gloatingly writes 'The Japanese fleet has already practically annihilated Russia's naval powers in the Orient. The Japanese army is about to win a signal victory over Russia in Corea and Manchuria'. SOUCACOS: p.178.
[Ref: 17455]    £5,000.00 ($6,600 • €5,600 rates)


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