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Landkarte von dem Reiche der Liebe (Map of the Kingdom of Love)

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Landkarte von dem Reiche der Liebe (Map of the Kingdom of Love) : J. Hesse

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Unusual allegorical map of the Kingdom of Love. Ten 'satirical or allegorical ' maps appeared in F. J. J. von Reilly's now scarce Atlas von der Moralischen Welt (Vienna, 1802). The atlas consisted of a general overview of the imaginary moral world, and nine regional maps depicting distinct areas of that moral world. Six of von Reilly's maps were later re-engraved by Joseph Hesse, including this one, and reissued in K. Jurende's Mährische Wanderer in 1817. The Kingdom of Love has great contrasts, with high mountains, peaceful meadows and dangerous swamps. A traveller arrives at the Corridors of Youth ( Fluren der Jugend) in the south, where Carefree Castle (Sorgenfrey) is found. Beware crossing the Stream of Recklessness (Bach des Leichtsinnes) because over to the east lies Sinninlust (sensual pleasure), Elend ( misery) and Todtenhausen ( the house of death). There is much fun to be had in locating the alternatives. The map is laid down and the bottom edge slightly stained, but with no detriment to the printed surface.
region: Curiosities
mapmaker: J. Hesse
place and date of publication: Brûnn 1815
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 195 by 230mm (7.75 by 9 inches).
ref: 42221

Price: £ 300

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