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Three maps documenting the end of the First World War, with superb provenance

A sequence of three maps from the climactic campaign and aftermath of the First World War, owned by a member of Pershing’s General Staff. The maps depict the Hundred Days Offensive, the Allied and Central Powers’ “Order of Battle” at the Armistice, and the Allies’ postwar occupation zones in Germany. All were constructed in the Map Room at Pershing’s headquarters […]

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First World War propaganda map

A large and dramatic propaganda map, published in London during the First World War to demonstrate Germany’s aggressive intentions through the words of her own leaders and intellectuals. The poster features a large map of the world, with regions held or allegedly coveted by Germany colored a vivid red such that the overall effect is of a tide of […]

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Printed by Fosh & Cross, Ltd., Map Review [:] No.67 PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 20th, 1948 [:] Berlin. London: Bureau of Current Affairs, Nov. 20, 1948.

Dramatic map of the Berlin Blockade

A rare and quite striking 1948 map of Germany during the Berlin Blockade issued by a left-leaning British agency. The map features a large central map of Germany, clearly delineating the occupation zones held by Americans, British, French and Russians (Note that the border of the Russian zone are presciently depicted as a wall winding […]

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HERE ARE THE KAISER’S WAR PLANS / National Security League’s Warning to Thoughtful Americans.... HOW GERMANY WANTED THE WORLD TO LOOK / A Graphic Explanation of Why There Is a War. New York: National Security League, [1917.]

World War One propaganda map advocating American intervention

A dramatic World War One propaganda poster, published in the Fall of 1917 to prod the American public into entering the conflict. The poster features a large map with regions held or allegedly coveted by Germany colored a vivid red, suggesting a tide of blood washing over the world. Below the map 36 statements from German “leaders […]

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Homann view of witches at a Walpurgisnacht celebration

A wonderful bird’s-eye view showing witches at a Walpurgis Night gathering atop the Brocken, the highest peak of Germany’s Harz Mountains. Walpurgisnacht is an ancient central European celebration with Christian and pagan origins, intended to welcome the Spring and drive away evil spirits. It takes place on the night of April 30-May 1, when legend has […]

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First World War propaganda map portraying Prussia as an octopus

A brutally-effective propaganda map comparing Germany to a monstrous octopus threatening Europe.  Germany is shown in different shadings of red, indicating its numerous annexations of surrounding territory since 1740, the most recent being the 1871 seizure of Alsace-Lorraine during the Franco-Prussian War. Sprawled across Germany is a large octopus in a Prussian spiked helmet (“Pickelhaube”), its […]

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The Prussian octopus by Maurice Neumont

A brilliantly-designed and brutally-effective propaganda map, comparing Germany to a monstrous octopus threatening Europe. Germany is shown in different shadings of red, indicating its numerous annexations of surrounding territory since 1740, the most recent being the 1871 seizure of Alsace-Lorraine during the Franco-Prussian War. Sprawled across Germany is a large octopus in a Prussian Pickelhaube […]

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A fully-realized allegorical atlas

First edition of this extremely rare allegorical atlas, remarkable for its structure, intellectual cohesion and state of preservation. The atlas consists of a suite of ten allegorical maps, here interspersed throughout a six-volume collection of anecdotes, jokes and amusing stories. The first volume includes a General Map of the Moral World, followed in succeeding volumes […]

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