Carta Topografica dell' Isola Del Maritaggio di Monsieur le Boble per la prima volta. Tradotta dal francese in italiano.
$1500 / ≈ €1304
The map’s latitude and longitude scale place the island in the general area of Madagascar—far enough away from Europe to be exotic but still “real.” The island’s central province is named Cornovaglia, or Great Province of Cuckolds (see the horned figure in the cartouche). Its heart is a great fortress whose largest ramparts point to the Port of Love as if prepared for perpetual attacks from that direction.
The River of Covenant (symbolizing marriage vows?) runs through it as a constant but fluid presence. To the north is the land of Jealousy with its peninsula of Divorce and Mountains of In-laws; to the south live the Discontented, to the west, the Malacopiati, or Incompatibles, with a peninsula for the Widowed. The Chaste River flows through the province of the Wise in the east, which shelters the Port of Love. Across an active, navigable channel lies a large Lovers Island, which neighbors Bigamy Island.
The imagery here is much more pessimistic than Scudéry’s, presenting a sobering, if not negative, view of conjugal life, obviously colored by Le Noble’s amatory experiences. “What are the advantages for a man,” seems Le Noble’s question, “who becomes a watchman constantly on the lookout for his usurper?” (Perhaps this is why Scudéry’s map ignores matrimony altogether.) - Text Princeton Library online expo Love and marriage.
Reference: Cioranesco II, 42504 (French first edition of 1705), Fromm IV 14905 (German edition of 1736).
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