Show all maps

Caricature map of Europe at the start of the First World War

Title
European Revue. Kill That Eagle
Author
AMSCHEWITZ, John Henry
Publisher
Produced by "Geographia" Ltd. 55 Fleet Str.,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
[1914].
Dimensions
500 by 720mm. (19.75 by 28.25 inches).
Price
£1,600
Reference
3043

Description

Chromolithograph map, folding into original pink paper covers with publisher's label, a few tears to old folds skilfully repaired.

Notes

Great Britain is personified by John Bull rolling up his sleeves and brandishing a cutlass; troops from Canada, Australia, India and Ireland are shown to his left, with the phrase "Business as Usual" written across England. To the continent Germany is represented as a swooping eagle, whose talon has grasped the French Marianne's bayonet. Austria the clown has been knocked off his ass by the German eagle, his right hand is being stung by a Bosnian bee, and bitten by a Serbian dog, whilst the Russian Bear, aided by some charging cossacks, grabs the clown's right foot and a German talon. The rest of the Balkans and Greece get ready to fight a reluctant Ottoman Empire, who is being pushed into war by an eager Germany. Spain and Scandinavia look on, whilst Italy sings a popular song "You made me love you. I didn't want to do it", in reference to her involvement in the Triple Alliance with Austria and Germany. At the time of the map she was neutral; a year later she would side with Britain, France, and Russia against their pre-war allies.

Bibliography

BLMC Maps 1078.(43.)