Images and Maps

An Affair of Retaliation

Please find below maps and images which - we hope - will shed some light on Benyovszky's adventurous life.

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Or ... to zip through all the pictures quickly... Bellin's map of Formosa


Images

A miniature portrait of Benyovszky A more modern imagining of Benyovszky Far left, a miniature portrait of Benyovszky, as published with the 1790 edition of his Memoirs (1790)
And a more glamorised version from the 21st century.

Benyovszky's family home 1890 Benyovszky's family home now (front) Benyovszky's family home now (rear) The Benyovszky family home in Vrbové, in around 1890 (far left); and as it now appears...

1790 London edition 1791 French edition 1791 German edition 1797 Polish edition Far left, the cover of the 1790 London edition of Benyovszky's Memoirs....

...and the covers from the French, German (both 1791) and Polish (1797) editions of Benyovszky's Memoirs.
Editions were also printed in the Netherlands, Sweden, and several different ones in Germany.


An Affair of Retaliation An illustration from the 1790 London edition of Benyovszky's Memoirs. This depicts the (probably fictitious) scene of the attack by the St Peter and St Paul on the Formosan islanders.

1790 London edition The cover of August von Kotzebue's 1795 play based on Benyovszky's Memoirs. This play inspired several similar ones, and a few operas for good measure. It is safe to say that it bears absolutely no relation to historical reality. But it played to full houses. Which is important.

Maps

Pasfield Oliver's map of Benyovszky's voyages Mor Jokai's map of Benyovszky's global travels ((Far left) Pasfield Oliver's map of Benyovszky's voyages in the Far East (1893)

And Mor Jokai's map of Benyovszky's global travels (1891)


Bellin's map of Formosa Bellin's map of Kuril Islands Bellin's map of Japan Far left, Jacques-Nicolas Bellin's map of Formosa (Taiwan) (1730)

... his map of the Kuril Islands (1750) ...

... and of Japan (1752)


Russian map of the Russian Far East A Russian map of the Far East and the North Pacific Ocean (1754)

Thomas Jeffreys map of Kamchatka Perouse' map of Japan and the Kuril islands Far left, Thomas Jeffreys' map of Kamchatka (1760)

And a map of Japan and the Kuril islands by Jean-François de la Perouse (1787)