Complete 19th Century Puzzle Map Set in Original Box
"[Puzzle Set] Atlas", Logerot, Auguste
Subject: Puzzle Maps
Period: 1850 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 cm
This extraordinary and complete puzzle set contains the original six maps - the World, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The geography for each map is by A. R. Fremin. The map of North America names Texas separately but the boundary with Mexico appears to be in the post-Gadsden Purchase configuration. Each puzzle piece is mounted on thin wood with original blue paper on verso and green paper edging on outer pieces. The maps neatly fit into the original decorative paper and wood box that features an embossed and highly decorative cover. The box is further decorated with gold leaf to some edges and wallpaper-style paper on the sides. Each map measures 11" x 8", with the box measuring 12" x 9" x 2" thick. This fine puzzle has survived very well given its intended purpose. It is rare to find puzzles from this period complete with all pieces and the original box.
One puzzle piece in Europe missing a small tip at far right. The World and South America have some light toning, and Africa has a little scattered foxing. The original box is very nice with just a little shelf wear and a small amount of warping to the cover with a small section of missing paper on one side.