1871 Sikkel Manuscript Map of Africa

Afrika-sikkel-1871
$250.00
Afrika.
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1871 Sikkel Manuscript Map of Africa

Afrika-sikkel-1871

19th century whimsical manuscript map of Africa.
$250.00

Title


Afrika.
  1871 (undated)    9.5 x 8.5 in (24.13 x 21.59 cm)

Description


This is a beautiful 1871 manuscript map of Africa by J. C. Sikkel. The entire continent of Africa is hand drawn and includes Madagascar. Includes Madagascar. The geography follows the conventions of the period with color coding representing the various possessions. The Sahara desert is shown to cover most of northern Africa. Lakes and rivers are identified. Throughout various tribal nations are noted. Features wonderful and whimsical overall presentation with title cut out and pasted on sheet. This map was drawn in 1871 by J.C. Sikkel as part of Der Atlas Geheele Aarde.

Cartographer


Schoolgirl maps began appearing in England and the United States in the later part of the 18th and the early 19th century. These wonderful, fascinating, and often whimsical maps are the product of a radical change in the education of women taking place at this time. Girl's schools, which formally concentrated only on the "womanly arts," began to see a need to education women in such subjects as geography, mathematics, and science. This transition occurred at a period of globalization, prosperity, and colonization. Men were ever more frequently called away from home by the exigencies of war, economy, and the administration of global empires. Women were thus left in control of their lives and finances on the home front. The education system of the period responded to these changes by advancing studies for women in history, geography, and hard sciences. Unfortunately, many of these progressive schools were highly underfunded and lacked proper educational materials such as maps and books. One way of adapting was to learn geography by copying maps and atlases borrowed from other institutions. Schoolgirl maps appear in a variety of formats, including embroidery, painting on cloth, and drawings on paper, ivory, and wood. Many schoolgirl maps are must be considered as much folk art as cartography.

Condition


Very good. Minor spotting. Title pasted onto sheet.