Lot 166: Europe


2015-07-08 11:46:57


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Lot 166: Europe. Trier (Walter), Karte von Europa im Jahre 1914, colour lithographic allegorical map, some marginal closed tears and fraying, 340 x 440mm, mounted. Tim Bryars wrote an excellant description of this map on his blog which we re-publish here - with permission. 'Trier seems to have had a particular problem with the Montenegrans, which he depicted as lice, but otherwise everyone on this map is human. Not that the Allies are shown in an especially flattering light. The French are retreating, dispatched with nothing more than a swift kick, and special bile is reserved for the British, represented by a Scotsman once more (as per Raemakers) but this time buck-toothed and beetle-browed, protecting the Royal Navys Grand Fleet under the skirts of his kilt; a mocking reference to the caution with which it was deployed - and one can only assume that this image wasnt held against him by British immigration officials when Trier eventually became a British citizen after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936. The attempts of the Russian giant to swallow Europe are checked by far more heroic German and Austrian figures. However, its interesting to note one or two discrepancies between the text and the image. The redacted text refers to the loyalty of Italy, which was initially expected to join the Central Powers as she was a partner in the defensive Triple Alliance. As it turned out, she initially chose to remain neutral, so the text/redaction makes perfect sense if the map was rushed to press soon after the declaration of hostilities. Similarly Romania, also blacked out, remained neutral until she too joined the Allies. However, neither are shown in especially flattering ways on the map. Italy in particular, with his huge hooter thrust towards Austria, has his hands in his pockets - a decidedly neutral stance. Perhaps Trier knew something his publisher didn't.' (1) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £300-500
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