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A?Humourous Outline of Spain and Portugal

These long divided nations soon may be,
By Prim's grace, joined in lasting amity.
And ladies fair - if King Fernando rules,
Grow grapes in peace, and fatten their pet mules.

This fantastic anthropomorphic map of Spain and Portugal, footnoted by a witty quatrain, was produced by London publisher Hodder and Stoughton in the 1860s. The images here are separate prints from the Library of Congress, but they also can be found on the?Internet Archive?in book form, the title page of which credits the introduction and descriptive lines to a certain ?Aleph?, the alias of London surgeon and ?a frequent contributor to periodical literature? William Harvey. Although in the few recent mentions we can find of?Geographical Fun?Harvey is credited as the artist behind these wonderful maps, we wonder if this is really true.

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