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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

BÜNTING, Heinrich. [An engraved version of the famous map of Asia as Pegasus]
Asia Secunda pars Terræ in Forma Pegasi. Brunswick: Emmeran Kirchnern, 1646, German text edition. 260 x 360mm. Narrow lateral margins.
A very uncommon copper-engraved version of Bünting's fantasy map depicting Asia as Pegasus, the winged horse, originally published as a woodcut. The head is Turkey and Armenia, the wings Scythia and Tartary, forelegs Arabia, hind legs India and the Malay Peninsula. The map was published in Bünting's 'Itinerarium Sacræ Scriptura', a commentary on the bible written as a travel book, first published 1581. The work also contains a map of the World as a cloverleaf and Europe as the Virgin Mary. Although the title and text under the map are in Latin, the text on verso is German.
[Ref: 17585]    £3,000.00 ($3,810 • €3,408 rates)


BÜNTING, Heinrich. [An engraved version of the famous map of Europe as a Virgin Queen]
Europa Prima Pars Terræ in Forma Virginis. Brunswick: Emmeran Kirchnern, 1646, German text edition. 260 x 360mm. Trimmed to plate at sides, as issued.
A very uncommon copper-engraved version of Bünting's fantasy map depicting Europe as a Virgin Queen, with crown, orb and sceptre. Iberia forms her head and crown; Denmark her right arm; Italy her left arm with Sicily an orb in her hand; Greece, the Balkans and Russia her skirts; and Bohemia a medallion on a chain around her neck. The map was published in Bünting's 'Itinerarium Sacræ Scriptura', a commentary on the bible written as a travel book, first published 1581. The work also contains a map of the World as a cloverleaf and Asia as Pegasus the winged horse. Although the title and text under the map are in Latin, the text on verso is German.
[Ref: 17586]    £2,900.00 ($3,683 • €3,294 rates)


ZAHN, Johann. [A baroque wind rose]
Venti Septentrionales.. Würtzburg, 1686. Coloured. 360 x 425mm Narrow top margin.
A very decorative wind rose, published in Zahn's book 'Mundi Mirabilis Economia'. A central compass rose is surrounded by rings naming the winds in Dutch, Latin and Italian, with a final ring with Latin-text descriptions. The disk is set into an architectural caprice with a windhead on either side. Johann Zahn (1631-1707), a philosopher of the Præmonstratensian order in Würtzburg, wrote a number of pseudo-scientific works accompanied by engravings of the highest standard, produced for a European nobility eager to experience the 'Enlightenment'.
[Ref: 17616]    £1,500.00 ($1,905 • €1,704 rates)


DIGHTON, Robert. [England depicted as a man on a seamonster]
Caricature of England and Wales. London: Bowles & Carver, c.1808. Original colour. Card, 140 x 105mm.
A separate-issue card, reduced from Dighton's famous 'Geography Bewitched' caricature map. England is a pot-bellied man, foaming mug of beer in his hand, pipe in his mouth, sitting astride a scaly sea-monster. Wales is his jacket. Outside the printed border a text 'Caricatures of Ireland, Scotland, &c. with other ingenious devices' advertises the other maps in the series.
[Ref: 17716]    £950.00 ($1,207 • €1,079 rates)


DIGHTON, Robert. [A famous caricature map of Scotland]
A Caricature Scotland. Geography bewitched. _ Bonny Scotia. London: Bowles & Carver, c.1808. Original colour. Card, 140 x 105mm.
A separate-issue card, reduced from Dighton's famous 'Geography Bewitched' caricature map. Scotland is depicted as an ugly man kneeling on a tasselled cushion, holding a tartan bag behind his back.
[Ref: 17717]    £950.00 ($1,207 • €1,079 rates)


GROSSI, Augusto. [An Italian map satirising the British Empire as a serpent]
Allegoria sull'Impero Inglese. Bologna: Il Papagallo, 1878. Chromolithograph. Sheet 410 x 610mm.
An Italian satirical map showing the globe being turned by a devil of 'Progress' and an angel 'Civilization'. Wrapped around it is a snake with a lion's head, marked 'British Empire in India'. The head, resting on Ireland, has human figures in its mouth; the body crushes others in Gibraltar, Egypt, India, Australia, China, Canada, Cape Colony, Transvaal and Mauritius. Watching from the side lines are men wrapped in shrouds with garlands, including Victor Emmanuel II, politicians Adolphe Thiers & Giuseppe Mazzini and Italian poets Virgil, Dante and Tasso. '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 circulation 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 is apparently unrecorded. Other examples we have traced have the title in the box lower right, with Grossi's name next to it. Here the title has been replaced by a French description, suggesting it was published in Bologna for the French magazine.
This item is currently on reserve


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 ($8,255 • €7,384 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 ($6,350 • €5,680 rates)


AMSCHEWITZ, John Henry. [A serio-comic map of Europe for the First World War]
European Revue. Kill That Eagle. London: Geographia Ltd, 1914. Colour-printed wood engraving. Sheet 540 x 780mm. Repairs to binding folds, repaired tear left of title.
A serio-comic map of Europe on the outbreak of the Great War. John Bull, in Union Jack waistcoat and riding boots, strides across the English Channel, rolling up his sleeves, sword in hand. To his left are soldiers from Ireland, Canada, Australia and India. France is a figure of Marianne, sticking a bayonet into the eagle of Imperial Germany. The Russian bear is clawing at the ankle of the Austrian pierrot. Italy is a singer with a song sheet 'You Made Me Love You, I Didn't Want to Do It'. Scandinavia, Iberia and Switzerland are onlookers in various levels of distress. John Henry Amschewitz (1882-1942).
This item is currently on reserve


ROBIDA, Albert. [The Appetite of the German Octopus]
L'Appétit de la Peuvre. Paris, c.1914. Chromolithograph. Sheet 360 x 260mm. Wear to edges.
A French satire on the aggressively expansionist policies of Germany, depicting the German Eagle with octopus tentacles enveloping the world. Robida worked for this 'La Caricature' magazine between 1880 and 1892, appearing in 650 issues, often on the cover. As well as his caricature work he was also a visionary: his sketches of war depict guided missiles and poison gas. Another sketch showed a mountaineer enjoying the view while listening to his 'phono-opéragraphe', with cables connected to his ears.
[Ref: 17542]    £2,600.00 ($3,302 • €2,954 rates)


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