1871 Sikkel Manuscript Map of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark)

Zweden en Noorwegen met Denemarken. - Main View

1871 Sikkel Manuscript Map of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark)


Beautiful hand-drawn whimsical map of Scandinavia.


Zweden en Noorwegen met Denemarken.
  1871 (undated)     9.5 x 8.5 in (24.13 x 21.59 cm)


This is a beautiful 1871 manuscript map of Scandinavia by J. C. Sikkel. Entirely hand-drawn, the map covers Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Iceland is depicted in a small inset in the bottom left. Topography is beautifully rendered throughout and important towns, cities, islands, rivers, etc. are noted.

Denmark is bordered to not include Schleswig-Holstein. Following the First Schleswig War, Denmark once again tried to integrate the Duchy of Schleswig into the Kingdom of Denmark by passing the November Constitution in 1863. This lead to the Second War of Schleswig in 1864 between Austria and Prussia on one side and Denmark on the other. In the end Denmark surrendered control over Schleswig, Lauenburg and Holstein to Prussia and Austria. The Second War of Schleswig would eventually culminate into the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and Prussia would annex both Schleswig and Holstein to create the new province of Schleswig-Holstein.

This map 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. More by this mapmaker...


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