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Frederick W. Rose: Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877

Map: EUR1471
Cartographer: Frederick W. Rose
Title: Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877
Date: 1877
Published: London
Width: 25 inches / 64 cm
Height: 23 inches / 59 cm
Map ref: EUR1471
This is Fred Rose's seminal Serio-Comic map of Europe, better known as the ‘Octopus Map’ for its representation of Russia as an enormous, grasping octopus whose tentacles stretch out toward eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire, and British India. This map was published to satirize the political situation in Europe in 1877 at the start of the Russo-Turkish War. Russia’s ambition to capture Constantinople from the Ottoman Empire was thought to be too dangerous to the stability of Europe, eventually leading to the Crimean War as Britain and France intervened to prop up Turkey, the 'Sick Man of Europe'. Rose's maps would go on to inspire countless numbers of imitators to the present day.

Published by George W. Bacon. German and English explanatory text panels. Printed colour. [EUR1471]