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Tsar Nicholas II puppet master

Title
Angling in Troubled Waters Der Fischfang im Trüben - La Pêche en l'eau trouble - La Pesca nelle acque turbes. A Serio-Comic Map of Europe By Fred W. Rose. Author of the "Octopus" map of Europe Copyright - Tous Droits Réservés 1899. 15th Thousand.
Author
ROSE, F[rederick] W[illiam]
Publisher
G. W. Bacon & Co. Ltd., 127 Strand,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
1899.
Dimensions
545 by 765mm. (21.5 by 30 inches).
Price
£4,500
Reference
14585

Description

Chromlithograph map, inset map of Europe upper right, key to map lower right and left, folding into original paper covers, one cover detached, with publisher's label.

Notes

A caricature map of Europe with each country depicted as an angler having various levels of success in hooking colonies: John Bull has a huge catch-bag (Ireland), with Egypt as a crocodile on the end of his line; France is a scuffle for control of the Third Republic between the military and civilian, their rod with an empty hook, with Napoleon's shade looking on from Corsica; Spain is watching sadly as their former catch (fish marked Cuba, Porto Rico and Phillippines) is being dragged away on the lines of an unseen U.S.A.; Belgium has the Congo; the Austro-Hungarians are mourning the assassination of Empress Elisabeth by an anarchist; Turkey has a hook in 'the Cretan spike fish', and a stain on his trousers is a skull marked 'Armenia'; Greece has pricked a finger trying to catch the spike fish by hand; larger than all others is Russia, shown as Nicholas II with an olive branch in one hand and a line stretching to the Far East in the other.

Bibliography

Hill, Cartographical Curiosities, 57; MCC 1, Geographical Oddities, no 82.