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 Decorative Items 

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 ($449 • €392 rates)

ROSE, Frederick W. [One of the most famous serio-comic maps]
Angling in Troubled Waters. A Serio-Comic Map of Europe by Fred. W. Rose Author of the 'Octopus' Map of Europe. London: G.W. Bacon, 1899. Coloured chromolithograph. Sheet 485 x 690mm. Original folds flattened, laid on archival linen.
A caricature map of Europe with each country depicted as an angler having various levels of success in hooking colonies: John Bull has a huge catch-bag (Ireland), with Egypt as a crocodile on the end of his line; France is a scuffle for control of the Third Republic between the military and civilian, their rod with an empty hook, with Napoleon's shade looking on from Corsica; Spain is watching sadly as their former catch (fish marked Cuba, Porto Rico and Philippines) is being dragged away on the lines of an unseen U.S.A.; Belgium has a fish marked 'Congo' under his arm; the Austro-Hungarians are mourning the assassination of Empress Elisabeth by an anarchist; Turkey has a hook in 'the Cretan spike fish', a skull-shaped stain on his elbow marked 'Bulgaria' and another on his trousers marked 'Armenia'; Greece has pricked a finger trying to catch the spike fish by hand; larger than all others is Russia, shown as Nicholas II with an olive branch in one hand and a line stretching to the Far East in the other. Rose published his first serio-comic map in 1870: by the time of this issue his fame was international, with the title given in German, French and Italian. HILL: Cartographical Curiosities, 57; MCC 1: Geographical Oddities, no 82.
[Ref: 18676]    £4,750.00 ($6,099 • €5,315 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 ($6,420 • €5,595 rates)

LEHMANN-DUMONT, Karl. [A serio-comic map of Europe on the brink of World War One]
Humoristische Karte von Europa im Jahre 1914. Dresden: Leutert & Schneidewind, 1914. Wood engraving, printed in colour, printed area 340 x 485mm. Minor restoration.
A German separate-issue caricature map of Europe on the brink of war, with a strong propaganda content. Both Germany and Austria are depicted as grinning soldiers: Germany has one hand on France's shoulder, the other punches the Russian bear in the head; Austria aims his bayoneted rifle at a bearded Russian face. The Russian, swigging from a bottle of vodka, is chained to the bear by nose rings. England has a mailed fist in his face and a zeppelin in the ribs, while Ireland cuts the chain England holds and the Indian python strangles his bulldog. Turkey reclines, smoking and looking away. In an inset Japan is shown as a half-clothed tribesman, wielding a sword.
[Ref: 16368]    £1,800.00 ($2,311 • €2,014 rates)

TANAKA, Ryōzō. [A rare Japanese view of the outbreak of First World War]
[Kokkei Sensou Sekai Chizu.] Ahumoros War Map of the World. Tokyo: September 25th 1914. Chromolithograph. Sheet 465 x 625mm. Centre fold reinforced, small tear in margin repaired.
A Japanese serio-comic map of Europe, lettered in Japanese and Roman script, showing the outbreak of the hostilities of the Great War. At the centre is Germany, depicted as a bulldog wearing a pickelhaube (spiked helmet), one front paw crushing Belgium, the other resting on a howitzer. Firing back from the left are Britain (a dreadnaught) and France while, on the right, Russia has grasped the bulldog's hind leg, threatening to cut it off with a sabre. Switzerland, Spain and Italy are careful to look the other way. In the bottom right corner an inset shows more Oriental concerns, with Japan fighting a German bulldog in southern China, representing the Kiautschou Bay concession, a territory around Jiaozhou Bay that Germany had forced China to lease in 1898. An attack by Japanese forces aided by the British captured the concession in November 1914; Japan only returned the territory in 1922. China (a portrait of Yuan Shikai, the first president of the Republic of China, although he was briefly Emperor 1915-6), looks on helplessly. Above, Uncle Sam stands so far back he needs binoculars and a telescope to see what's happening. Ryōzō Tanaka (1874-1946) was a printer and publisher whose use of chromolithography led led to that medium replacing traditional woodblocks in commercial printing in Japan.
[Ref: 19104]    £6,000.00 ($7,704 • €6,714 rates)

Anonymous. [An Italian Serio-Comic map of Europe during the Great War]
L'Europa nel 1915. Milan: Luigi Ronchi di Candido Varoli, 1915. Chromolithograph, sheet 450 x 650mm. Binding folds reinforced, small repairs.
An Italian satirical map of Europe, with caricatures for the countries at war. France is a cockerel pecking the nose of the German dachshund, whose picklehelm is being punched by a long-legged British sailor. Austria howls with pain as its hind leg is crushed by the Russian steamroller driven by a grinning polar bear, and he is stabbed in the back by a Serbian bayonet. Partly based on the 'Hark Hark' map by Johnson Riddle, this version seems to date to before the Treaty of London brought Italy into the war in May 1915; a later version has the placid Italian shown here clubbing the Austrian dog with the butt of his rifle. See SOUCACOS: Satirical Maps p.216-7 for later issue.
[Ref: 18439]    £5,500.00 ($7,062 • €6,155 rates)

GONELLS, R. [A fine manuscript 'Serio-Comic' map of First World War Europe]
1915. Carte d'Europe. Paris, 1915. Ink and watercolour on cartridge paper. 430 x 560mm.
A professional-quality satirical map depicting the countries of Europe during the second year of the First World War. At the centre is a figure representing Germany, wearing a pickelhaube (spiked helmet) and a Kaiser-Bill moustache, sword in one hand and poison-gas canister in the other. Underneath is a decrepid old man on crutches waving a wooden sword, a sad indictment of the fomer glories of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Germany's third ally, the Ottoman Empire, is shown with legs amputated above the knee, with only stilts in their place. Bulgaria sharpens his sword. Surrounding Germany are its opponents: both England and Russia are turning their big guns on Germany, while French, Serbian and Italian soldiers advance with bayonets fixed. Cartographical accuracy is ignored in this satire, with the countries only rough shapes. However it should be noted that Scotland is an island, Serbia is east of Austria and there is no Bosphorus separating Europe and Asia. We assumed that this caricature was drawn for publication: however we have been unable to trace any printed version. The artist was serious when he wrote 'Reproduction interdite' in the bottom corner.
[Ref: 15045]    £5,500.00 ($7,062 • €6,155 rates)

Anonymous. [A British WWI propaganda poster for Italian readers]
Il Calamaro o' ’Pesce Diavolo’ Prussiano. London: printed by H. & C. Graham for the War Office, 1916. Lithograph Sheet 385 mm x 560mm. Remargined on sides, original folds flattened with repairs. Bookseller's Ink stamp on reverse.
A very scarce propaganda map, with the twin octopi of Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire spreading their tentacles across central Europe. It was printed in London for dissemination in Italy: although Italy had joined the Entente powers against Germany and Austria in May 1915, public opinion was still divided. Not only did the Socialist parties oppose the war, but also the Italian government had existing diplomatic grievances with both Britain and France. This map updates Frederick Rose's famous 'Octopus Map' of 1877, with the Russia being replaced as the cephalopod. The text box top right quotes German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, 'We do not threaten small nations', while the map demarks the areas annexed by Prussia and Austria from the Partitions of Poland (1772-1795) & Schleswig-Holstein (1864) to Belgium (1914) and Serbia & Montenegro (1915). According to the Imperial War Museum the map was also published in Swedish (with no effect on Sweden's policy of neutrality) and English. Hopefully the proof-readers of the other versions were more careful: 'Calamaro' is Italian for squid, not octopus. As we sourced this map from Italy it seems that this example was actually circulated at the time. IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM: IWM PST 13542.
[Ref: 18748]    £3,500.00 ($4,494 • €3,917 rates)

Anonymous. [An Italian anti-American poster from the Second World War]
La Preghiera di Roosevelt. Incredibile; ma vero! Preghiera composta da Roosvelt e da lui trasmessa da tutte le stazioni radio alleate il giorno 7 giugno 1944 [The Prayer of Roosevelt. Incredible but true! Prayer composed by Roosevelt and broadcast from all the Allied radio stations on 7 June 1944. ] Italy, c.1944. Coloured lithograph. Sheet 700 x 995mm. Laid on canvas for preservation.
A propaganda poster designed to provoke animosity against the Americans occupying Italy during the last months of the Second World War. It follows a prayer broadcast by Franklin D. Roosevelt on Allied radio on 7th June 1944, three days after the Liberation of Rome and one day after D-Day. It shows a central figure of Roosevelt on his knees, praying. Surrounding him are his prayers (in Italian) and vignette illustrations of what his prayers mean to the Italians. Top right his prayer, 'Lord help us to overcome all obstacles in order to reach the honest and much desired award', is accompanied by an image of a G.I. bagging up 'the World's gold'. Middle right his prayer, 'We fight a holy crusade to free the oppressed peoples and for justice to triumph', shows a trooper tying a man with economic bonds and gagging him. Elsewhere the troops loot antiquities under the orders of a crudely-caricatured Jew in spats and accost Italian women. Another gross caricature shows a bare-footed negro jazzman playing the saxophone. ''Your will be done and so be it''.
[Ref: 18378]    £1,650.00 ($2,119 • €1,846 rates)

JANNOT, J.B. [A world map as a chocolatier's competition]
Le Tour du Monde en 120 images Grand Concours du Chocalat Menier. Paris: Chocolat Menier, 1956. Poster map, sheet 645 x 810mm. Original folds flattened.
A map of the world centred on the Pacific with a route around the globe, starting and finishing in Paris. Originally there would have been space underneath the map an area to fix 120 'tickets' collected from Menier chocolate products, with three that giving clues to 'Enigmas' that had to be solved. However, as the tickets had to be sent off in order to join the competition, the paper has been snipped off. The artist was J.B. Jannot, who used the pen-name Jan-Loup. He worked as an illustrator for Lisette magazine in the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as authoring his own comic stories and producing book jackets.
[Ref: 16660]    £800.00 ($1,027 • €895 rates)

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