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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

BACON, George Washington. [The laying of the transatlantic cable from the Great Eastern]
The Atlantic Telegraph. London: Bacon & Co., 1865. Letterpress broadside with colour-printed wood engravings. Sheet 810 x 550mm. Minor repairs to folds and edges.
A rare and important broadside published during the attempt to lay a new transatlantic telegraph cable, after the first laid in 1858, lasted only a month before failing. As well as an extensive descriptive text there: maps of the positions of cables around Europe and the North Atlantic and the proposed cables around the world; a view of S.S. Great Eastern, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's mammoth sailing steam ship, which had just been converted for cable-laying, with a cross-section; illustrations of the composition of the different cables and a Morse Telegraph instrument; and a cross-section of the Atlantic with the depths marked. This broadside was published just before the failure of the attempt: captained by Sir James Anderson, the Great Eastern had laid a thousand miles of cable when the cable snapped and the end was lost. The attempt was abandoned, but the following year the ship returned and, after 'fishing' with grappling hooks for weeks, the cable was recovered and spliced. The repaired cable reached Newfoundland in September 1866. This broadside was republished during the second attempt, with the Atlantic cross-section at the bottom reduced in size to accommodate the description of the failure of the previous year.
[Ref: 18296]    £3,100.00 ($3,940 • €3,481 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of France]
France. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of France. The text below the image reads, ''A hook-nosed lady represents fair France, Empress of cooks, of fashions, and the dance. Her flatt'ring glass declares that vitr'ry, power, Beauty, welth, arts are her imperial dower''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17237]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Holland & Belgium]
Holland & Belgium. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Holland & Belgium. The text below the image reads, ''Dame Holland, trick'd out in her gala clothes, And Master Belgium, with a punchy nose; Seem on the map to represent a land., By patriot worth, and perfect art made grand''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17239]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Germany]
Germany. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Germany as a woman. The text below the image reads, ''Lo! Studious Germany, in her delight, At coming glories, shewn by second sight, And on her visioned future proudly glancing, Her joy expresses by a lady dancing''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Alexander II of Russia.
[Ref: 17241]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Denmark]
Denmark. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Denmark. The text below the image reads, ''For Shakespeare's Prince, and the Princess of Wales, To England dear. Her royal spirit quails; From skating faint, she rests upon the snow; Shrinking from unclean beasts hat grin below''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17242]    £400.00 ($508 • €449 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Spain & Portugal]
Spain & Portugal. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Spain & Portugal. The text below the image reads: ''These long divided nations soon may be, By Prims' grace, joined in lasting amity. And ladies fair - if King Fernando rules, Grow grapes in peace, and fatten their pet mules''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17243]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Prussia]
Prussia. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Prussia. The text below the image reads: ''His Majesty of Prussia - grim and old - Sadowa's King - by needle guns made bold; With Bismarck of the royal conscience, keeper, In dreams political none wiser - deeper''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Tzar Alexander II.
[Ref: 17244]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Russia]
Russia London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Russia, depicted as a bear and a Tzar Alexander II. The text below the image reads, ''Peter, and Catherine and Alexander, Mad Paul, and Nicholas, poor shadows wander Out in the cold: while Emperor A. the Second In Eagles, Priests and Bears supreme is reckoned''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17273]    £650.00 ($826 • €730 rates)


HADOL, Paul. [A variant edition of Hadol's serio-comic map of Europe]
Nouvelle Carte d'Europe dressé pour 1870. Carte drôlatique d'Europe pour 1870. Paris, 1870. Wood engraving, printed in colours. 330 x 520mm. Minor reinforcing on folds on verso.
A separate-issue caricature map of Europe, satirising the political situation at the time of the Franco-Prussian war by caricaturing the countries with stereotypes. England is a crone with Ireland a dog on a lead, angry at being ignored by the rest of Europe; France and Prussia square up, preparing for the war that started in July that year; Prussia has one hand on the Netherlands and kneels on Austria's chest; Denmark has artificial legs, having lost Holstein also to Prussia; however, as in all the variants of this caricature over 50 years, Russia is the 'croquemitaine' (bogeyman). This very close copy of Hadol's map lacks his name, has different decoration around the title and minute differences to the design.
[Ref: 18225]    £1,200.00 ($1,525 • €1,348 rates)


HADOL, Paul. [A rare Swedish edition of Hadol's serio-comic map of Europe]
Tragi-Komisk Karta Ofver Europa efter en Engelsk Teckning Sweden, c.1870. Wood engraving, printed in colours. Sheet 335 x 480mm.
A Swedish version of Hadol's separate-issue caricature map of Europe, satirising the political situation at the time of the Franco-Prussian war by caricaturing the countries with stereotypes. England is a crone with Ireland a dog on a lead, angry at being ignored by the rest of Europe; France and Prussia square up, preparing for the war that started in July that year; Prussia has one hand on the Netherlands and kneels on Austria's chest; Denmark has artificial legs, having lost Holstein also to Prussia; and Russia looks on, hoping to pick up the pieces left by Europe's struggles. The title states the map was copied from an English drawing; an identical map was published by Dubliner Joseph John Goggins, but it is unclear whether his or Hadol's version came first. See BAYNTON-WILLIAMS: Curious Map Book, p.174 for the rare Goggins version.
[Ref: 18972]    £1,400.00 ($1,779 • €1,572 rates)


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