1871 Sikkel Manuscript Map of Italy

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1871 Sikkel Manuscript Map of Italy


Whimsical map of Italy with beautiful topography.


  1871 (undated)     8 x 9 in (20.32 x 22.86 cm)


This is a beautiful 1871 manuscript map of Italy by J. C. Sikkel. The map is hand drawn in beautiful detail and includes the islands of Malta, Sardinia and Corsica. Topography is beautifully rendered throughout and important towns, cities, islands, rivers, etc. are noted. The islands of Sardinia and Corsica are included.

In 1861, Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Red Shirts led the drive for Italian national solidarity. On March 17, 1861, the Sardinian government led by the Count of Cavour finally declared a unified Kingdom of Italy. Even so, Italy would not be fully united until the Franco-Prussia War forced France to abandon its support of the Papal States in 1870.

Features wonderful and whimsical overall presentation. This map was drawn in 1871 by J.C. Sikkel as part of Der Atlas Geheele Aarde.


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. Learn More...


Very good. Minor spotting. Some edge wear and toning. Rips along edges repaired on verso.