By: W. Griggs & Sons - Bernard Sleigh
Date: 1918 (published) London
Original Size: 18.5 x 58.5 inches (47 x 150 cm)
This fascinating pictorial map by the English artist Bernard Sleigh depicts an imaginary Fairyland as seen through a bird's eye view. This is a giclée print reproduction of the original three sheet map, which was created at the end of WWI in an effort to promote the arts during a time when so much effort was focused on the industrial revolution.
The map is a wonderful marriage of European folklore, literature, fairy-tales, and Greek Mythology. As the eye moves from the dark stormy seas in the west towards the city in the east where they make snow and ice, one is likely to encounter the 'Cliffs of Giants,' 'valleys of fire' and 'dragons,' 'Rapunzel's Tower,' 'Hansel, and Gretel,' 'Ulysses's Ship,' 'Little Bo Peep,' 'Leprechauns,' the mythological Norse 'Hall of Valhalla,' 'Never-Never Land,' 'Little Red Riding Hood's house,' 'King Arthur's Tomb,' 'the Hydra,' 'Labyrinth,' 'Demeter,' and 'the Water Babies,' just to name a few...
Just follow the red road "from the world,' or forge your own path. You are bound to unearth memories from early childhood stories or stumble upon a new wonder you've never heard of before. Either way, you will find yourself enjoying this map for hours on end and years to come. A great gift or addition to any child's room or play area.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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