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Auction 145, Lot 68

"[Puzzle] Atlas Geographique", Pauly, G.

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1920 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

13.3 x 9.5 inches
33.8 x 24.1 cm
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This extraordinary puzzle consists of six maps on the sides of 35 wooden cubes. Getting the puzzles in the correct order is not easy and reminds one of working with a Rubik's Cube. The cubes fit into the original wooden box that is decorated with a fabulous chromolithograph featuring the world's flora and fauna, examples of arts, science and manufacturing, all surrounding the central vignette of the continents personified by female figures. The puzzle cubes are accompanied by five of the original six sample/guide maps (Europe is missing), which also store in the box, above the wooden cubes. A rare cartographic curiosity that has survived fairly well given its purpose as a game. Correctly arranged, the cubes make the following maps, each measuring approximately 13.4" x 9.6":

A. Mappemonde
B. Amerique
C. Afrique
D. Asie
E. Europe Physique et Politique
F. La France par Departements


Condition: B+

The puzzle cubes are in excellent condition with minor wear. The sample maps are lightly soiled, and the map of France is laminated with even toning. The box is in very good condition with a few minor abrasions on sides and edges.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/12/2013