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A map of Europe and the Countries bordering on the Mediterranean and Black Seas, From the latest Authorities
1830
Draftsman:Probably drawn by John Warner Barber , American, 1798 - 1885
Printmaker:Probably engraved by John Warner Barber , American, 1798 - 1885
Printer:Probably printed by John Warner Barber , American, 1798 - 1885
Publisher:Published by Edwin Hunt , American, about 1801 - 1854
Maker:Copyrighted by John Warner Barber , American, 1798 - 1885
Engraving; black printer's inks and watercolors on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 15 13/16 x 20 3/4in. (40.2 x 52.7cm) Platemark (height x width): 17 1/4 x 22 1/8in. (43.8 x 56.2cm) Sheet (image height x width): 19 3/8 x 24 3/8in. (49.2 x 61.9cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: The New Haven artist John Warner Barber has managed to pack a great deal of information into this map of Europe, which was evidently intended for educational use. The small pictures of the major European capitals that surround the map resemble the small views of Connecticut towns that would later appear in Barber's Historical Collections of Connecticut. The European views are probably based on European book illustrations and may have inspired the views in Barber's later books. Barber would spend the next twenty years documenting the history and appearance of small American towns. His European Historical Collections were not published until 1855.
Description: Map of Europe and parts of the Middle East and Africa, from Iceland to the north, Armenia to the east, Tripoli to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Settlements are marked with circles and labeled, and rivers are labeled. There are several routes, denoted with dotted lines and unlabeled, that are probably exploration and discovery or military routes. The one water route shows St. Paul's journey from Caesarea to Rome. To the left of the map is a list of the populations of the European countries. Below the map are the flags of Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Prussia, Austria, Rome, Sardinia, Greece and Turkey, and they have been colored in; next to the flags is a key explaining how the different types of shading correspond to different colors. Around the map on the left and right sides are, in clockwise order, vignettes of St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Constantinople, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Rome and London. A brief description of each city and its population size are provided beneath each vignette.
Constituent Note: John Warner Barber's role in this map is not clearly spelled out in the inscriptions on it, but he was probably the artist, engraver, and printer as well the copyright holder. Barber was multi-talented and often served in all these roles and also as the publisher of his books and prints. This map of Europe was published by Edwin Hunt in Middletown, rather than by Barber himself. It is possible that Hunt commissioned the map from Barber, or that he supplied funds for the map's publication. Hunt later appears in Hartford as a bookseller and publisher.
Inscription: Recto, top, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress, the 8th day of Oct. 1830--by John W. Barber, of the State of Connecticut" Bottom left, printed in black ink: "A MAP OF / EUROPE, / and the Countries bordering on the / Mediterranean & Black / Seas, / From the latest Authorities." Bottom, printed in black ink: "Published by Edwin Hunt, Middletown, Con."
Object Number: 2012.312.88
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