Old Maps Collection
Lancaster, Elizabeth Lilian, 1852-1939, cartographer
Brooks, Vincent, 1815?-1885, lithographer
Day & Son, lithographer
Hodder and Stoughton, publisher
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
28 x 23 cm, on sheet 29 x 25 cm
This map is from the book 'Geographical fun : being humorous outlines of various countries, with an introduction and descriptive lines' in which the maps are drawn by Elizabeth Lilian Lancaster. She was only 15 years old at the time and made them to amuse her ill brother. However, the author of the text, under the name Aleph, was William Harvey, a London doctor and journalist. Lancaster’s maps both taught geography and incorporated important political events and figures. The collection of maps together with the text are a one sided cartoonish view held by England and Englishmen of the political situation of the countries represented. This is also easily perceptible as all the countries are caricatures, sometimes very offensive, with the exception of England that is gloriously depicted in the figure of Queen Victoria accompanied by an elegant exaltation. On this particular map the text alludes to all Tsar Alexander II predecessors -Peter II, Catherine II, Alexander I, Paul I and Nicholas I- that were overshadowed by his more liberal politics.
Original is a colored caricature printed map from the book 'Geographical fun', 24 x 28 cm.
Russia is depicted as a bear back to back with Tsar Alexander I; both are holding an end of the Tsar's mantle that is tied together with a bow tie. Alexander's flag and coat of arms on each side of the map.
Land masses and islands outlined with bathymetric isolines.
Map outlined in triple fillet.
Geographical fun : being humourous outlines of various countries, with an introduction and descriptive lines
Harvey, William, 1796-1866
Library of Congress
Provenance Call No.:
G1796.A6 H3 1868 Vault.