i 50 Sbarchi in Gran Bretagna
Persuasive cartography: 1941 Italian map of Great Britain promoting its vulnerability to invasion.
A fascinating approach to persuasive cartography, this World War II-era Italian map records and celebrates fifty historical landings in the British Isles. The invasions are mapped and illustrated, and described in red text. They include the 1066 Norman landing at Hastings, earlier Viking invasions, attacks during the War of the Roses, the threat of the Spanish Armada, and many more.
Particular emphasis is placed on a common theme in the mythology of Fascist Italy: its link to Imperial Rome. Text on the back cover recounts Caesar’s Roman legions crossed the English Channel and conquered a savage indigenous populace. We are told that the Romans brought civilization to the islands, erecting buildings, temples, and walls.
And the greater significance of these fifty landings? The text on the map itself asks and answers this question: “Many things, and only one. Above all, that the invulnerability of the British Isles is something that can be doubted.”
Folding map, with wear and minor loss at folds.