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A misleading map of Italy from the late 18th-century.

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This charming map of Italy was created by Thomas Bowen and published in London as part of Barlow’s General History of Europe around 1780. It shows the familiar modern state of Italy, along with a portion of the Croatian coast and the islands of Sardinia and Corsica.

Though the image appears to present a unified nation, at the time of publication it was a patchwork of kingdoms generally under the divided authority of the Hapsburgs of Austria and the Bourbons of Spain. The Papal States (labeled Ecclesiastical States) occupied a large region in the center of the peninsula, while a personal union connected Sicily to the Kingdom of Naples in the south. The north, primarily occupied by the Kingdom of Sardinia, was comprised of numerous duchies and smaller principalities like Milan, Parma, Genoa, Piedmont, etc.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1780

Author: Thomas Bowen

Sheet Width (in): 18.5

Sheet Height (in): 14.8

Condition: B

Condition Description: Moderate spotting visible throughout the image, concentrated along the vertical centerfold. Heavy wear along the outer edges of the sheet include discoloration, minor paper loss, and several tears repaired with archival tape on the verso. Not quite good condition.


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