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Cold War map published in Portugal, 1953
Metaphorical Maps Redux & Cold War Politics: the view from Portugal, 1953
By Tim / 18/11/2015

This is an astonishing map, in some ways about forty years out of its proper time. Light-hearted metaphorical* maps of Europe, so popular in the period 1854-1915, had all but ceased when the joke wore thin, in the early part of the Great War. I have seen one other Cold War map by a British…

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Napoleon’s Abdications
By Tim / 02/06/2015

This month is going to be all about Waterloo. I’m certainly expecting to see a healthy tranche of related material at this weekend’s London Map Fair. But I’m rather pleased with this separately published map we’ll have on our stand at the RGS, a broadsheet which would have been passed from hand to hand among Frenchmen…

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Provenance on maps: A Secret Map of Iwo Jima, November 1944
By Tim / 13/05/2015

I’ve been writing about book provenance recently, but annotations on maps can be equally fascinating. Seventy years ago this map was used by a US artillery spotter during the battle of Iwo Jima.   The US Marine Corps bore the brunt of severe American casualties during heavy fighting in February and March 1945; only a…

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Campaign Kit for the Peninsula: Stockdale’s Map of 1812
By Tim / 25/02/2015

Provenance is a much abused term, or at least it’s much misunderstood. After poring over a Speed county map in the shop people will often turn to me and ask about its provenance. Only in exceptional circumstances can one track every movement of a book or a single sheet of paper over a period spanning…

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Leslie George Bullock: cartoon maps for children
By Tim / 24/06/2014

Leslie George Bullock (1904-1971) first cropped up on these pages a couple of years ago, in a post about pictorial maps of London. He created whimsical but informative cartoon maps for children, most notably perhaps his Children’s Map of London, originally sold in aid of Great Ormond Street:   He had a close association with…

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The Avenger, not the octopus: Fred Rose’s other map of 1877
By Tim / 13/11/2013

I was delighted to have the opportunity to purchase a scarce map by Fred Rose, one which offers a few insights into Rose’s intentions when he created his most well-known map, his Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877.The latter famously depicts Russia as an inhuman octopus menacing its neighbours, but I had never appreciated that it…

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Spot the difference (with a difference): two states of Crétée’s satirical map of Europe, 1914-15
By Tim / 13/11/2013

Crétée’s scarce First World War caricature map has cropped up on this blog before, but I have now had the opportunity to compare the two versions side by side:   It has laid to rest any lingering doubts I may have had that the version published in Paris, firstly under the imprint ‘Editions G-D’ and then…

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“The dogs of war are loose in Europe”
By Tim / 27/02/2013

This map was conspicuously absent from the blog post on First World War satirical maps which I wrote over a year ago. “Hark! Hark! The dogs do bark!” is a famous image, but I didn’t have an example in stock back then. I’ve finally found one and I plan to make up for my omission…

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A true original: comic map of Europe, 1854
By Tim / 21/07/2012

In previous posts I’ve mentioned that there was an early flowering of cartoon and satirical maps during the Crimean War, but they rarely turn up and so I was delighted to acquire this example:   “Done by T.O.” which I think we can reveal with some certainty to be Thomas Onwhyn, and published by Rock…

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The dollar octopus, 1942
By Tim / 25/06/2012

High time for another cartographic cephalopod. This one by Dutch artist Louis Emile Manche (1908-82) arrived in the shop just too late for this year’s London Map Fair, but I’m still pleased to have located an original example. Compare and contrast with Pat Keely’s Japanese octopus, made to boost morale among the Free Dutch in…

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