Kaiser Wilhelm as a madman

Delaye, LE RÈVE DU FOU[:] THE MADMAN’S DREAM. Paris: Ch[arles?] Delaye, 1914.
Lithograph printed in colors, 9”h x 11 7/8”w plus title and huge margins. Minor foxing in margins, else excellent.
$2,250

A vivid and all-but unrecorded French pictorial map attacking Kaiser Wilhelm early in the First World War. Illustrator Delaye depicts the Kaiser in a pose reminiscent of Frankenstein, lurching toward western Europe with his hands outstretched, dripping blood, while his right boot reaches toward the French possessions in North Africa. A bright-red Germany serves as his torso and drips yet more blood over Russia, Austria-Hungary, Serbia and Turkey. The then-neutral nations of Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy, though the latter, at the time still nominally a German ally via the Triple Alliance, appears to serve as the Kaisers left leg.

Perhaps the oddest feature of the map is the depiction of Austria-Hungary as a victim of the Kaiser, though it was a member of the Triple Alliance, and its aggression against Serbia had helped spark the war.

I find no institutional holdings of the map and no examples having appeared on the market.

References
The sole reference I find is in Collection Henri LeBlanc Destinée a l’Etat. La Grande Guerre… Tome Premier, #334. Not in Catalogue Collectif de France or OCLC (June 2019).

CAT318