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Publisher: ANONYMOUS
Title: [Europe depicted as a Queen]
Published in: France, ca. 1860
   
Size: 11.4 x 8.3 inches.
29.0 x 21.0 cm.
Colouring:

Pen and brown ink.
Condition: Pen drawing on thin paper. Pasted on a larger sheet with a description in brown ink in French. Very fine. Size of paper sheet : 290 x 210mm.
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Among the most striking of early cartographic curiosities is Europe regina or Queen of the world first published by Johannes Bucius' and populized by Sebastian Münster..
This is a very fine pen and ink drawing in brown ink on thin paper. (170 x 106mm.)
HISPANIA (Spain) is shown in the figure's crown in acknowledgement of its dominance. GALLIA (France) is the upper chest. GERMANIA is the bosom. ITALIA is Europe’s right arm, with SICILIA being the globus cruciger, the cross-bearing orb signifying world power throughout the Middle Ages.
DANIA (Denmark) is the left arm of Europe, holding what appears to be a ceremonial sword, another classic piece of regalia.
BOHEMIA (the Czech lands) is a circular area close to Europe’s stomach.
VNGARIA (Hungary) and SCLAVONIA (land of the southern Slavs) are the right thigh and VANDALIA (probably a reference to the Wends, a collective name for Slavic peoples in present-day eastern Germany) and POLONIA form the left thigh of Europe.
LITHVANIA must be about the spot of Europe’s left knee.
LIVONIA, MACEDONIA , BVLGARIA, MOSCOVIA, MOREA (the mediaeval name for the Peloponnese peninsula), GRAECIA, SCYTHIA (present-day Bulgaria), TARTARIA (parts of present-day Russia) are folds ever further down Europe’s flowing red dress.
The British Isles are shown, but not integrated into the figure.

It has been argued that instead of a woman, the map represents Charles V of Spain, modeling a Europe that had Spain as its crown.

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