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The Circle of Westphalia Drawn from the latest Authorities. R.Wilkinson c1794.

The Circle of Westphalia Drawn from the latest Authorities. R.Wilkinson c1794.

by Wilkinson, Robert

Westphalia antique map by Robert Wilkinson, c1794.

The North Rhine region of Westphalia is where Westfälischer Friede, or the Peace of Westphalia, established that Westphalian sovereignty is the principle of international law: that each nation state has sovereignty over its territory and domestic affairs, to the exclusion of all external powers, on the principle of non-interference in another country's domestic affairs, and that each state (no matter how large or small) is equal in international law. The doctrine is named after the Peace of Westphalia, signed in 1648, which ended the Thirty Years' War, in which the major continental European states – the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, France, Sweden and the Dutch Republic – agreed to respect one another's territorial integrity. As European influence spread across the globe, the Westphalian principles, especially the concept of sovereign states, became central to international law and to the prevailing world order.

Original copperplate-engraved map with contemporary outlining of provinces and fine hand-tinting with watercolour by map engraver, Thomas Conder (1747-1831) for A General Atlas, being a Collection of Maps of the World and Quarters, the Principal Empires, Kingdoms Ec. With their several Provinces, & other Subdivisions, Correctly Delineated. published in London in 1794 by Robert Wilkinson of No. 58 Cornhill.

This is a beautiful map in good condtion, although it is slightly age-discoloured around the edges - as is to be expected of a map of this age. The map has wide borders, as published. Approximate page size is 265mm x 340mm (10.5 x 13.5 inches); to intaglio plate mark measures 295 x 325mm (11.5 x 12.75 inches).

Stock Number: amEu.RW37Price: $180.00