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An extraordinary map of the Island of Felicity

An extraordinarily rare, interesting and sumptuously decorated allegorical map of the Island of Felicity, produced for one of the first Masonic orders to admit women.  Background The map was designed and printed for l’Ordre de la Félicité. This short-lived Order was a quasi-Masonic secret society established in France in the early 1740s by Louis-Joseph Scipio La […]

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First printed map of Assinine Atoll

A crazed poster of “Assinine Atoll” drawn by pioneering artist Robert Williams for the legendary underground comic Zap. The Asinine Atoll is dominated by Funnyman Isle, whose major features include landmarks such as “The Lost Temple of Mystic Symbols,” the “Region of the Unapproachable Skunk-Cult,” and “Turky-Furky’s Reptile Rodeo,” six of which are illustrated by large vignettes flanking […]

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Marvelous allegorical map of love and marriage

The only complete impression known of this charming and extraordinarily rare allegorical map of courtship, love and marriage. This wonderful print examines and maps the human experience of romance, courtship, love and marriage, using an extended allegory to describe the many perils—and occasional pleasures—to be found on “The Great Ocean of Love.” Cartographic allegories of love […]

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Geographic game of “The Five Navigators”

A rare and attractive nautical game entailing a dangerous voyage through an imaginary archipelago. The game is designed for up to five players, each of whom is assigned to the Prince of Orange, Frigate; Green Emerald, Frigate; Royal Purple, Sloop; Red Rover, Ship of the Line; or the True Blue, Frigate. The navigators begin their […]

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Rob[er]t Williams, THE MYSTERY MAP OF ASSININE ATOLL. [San Francisco?], 1977

Map of Assinine Atoll by “congealing” “lowbrow” artist Robert Williams

A separately-issued serigraph of Robert Williams’ crazed imaginary map of Assinine Atoll.  The image also appeared in the legendary underground comic Zap. The map depicts “Assinine [sic] Atoll,” dominated by Funnyman Isle. The atoll’s major features include landmarks such as “The Lost Temple of Mystic Symbols,” the “Region of the Unapproachable Skunk-Cult,” and “Turky-Furky’s Reptile […]

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Henry J[efferson] (Heinie) Lawrence, Map Showing ISLE OF PLEASURE Scale TWO FINGERS TO THE DRINK [:] LIQUID MEASURE—8 DRINKS MAKE 1 PINT—2 PINTS MAKE ONE HAPPY. Houston, 1931.

Anti-Prohibition map of the Isle of Pleasure

An immensely witty imaginary map lampooning Prohibition, just a couple of years before its repeal in 1933. The map’s central feature is the skull-shaped Isle of Pleasure and its primary political unit, the “State of Inebriation.” The island and its surrounding waters are “replete with anti-prohibition satire, jokes, puns, alcoholic references & liquor names and […]

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Entworfen von Paul Borchardt / Leitung: Prof Paul Langhans, Plato Insel Atlantis | Lageplan der Burg des Poseidon | Die Ebene von Atlantis | Atlantis als Mittelpunkt eines Kulturkreises. Gotha, Germany: Justus Perthes, 1927.

Paul Borchardt locates Atlantis in Tunisia

Fascinating color-printed map purporting to show the location of Atlantis in present-day Tunisia, published in Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen for 1927. This map is the work of Dr. Paul Borchardt who later became one of the more intriguing figures in World War II espionage. Borchardt’s work on Atlantis originated in his close reading of Plato’s dialogues […]

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