Catalog Archive
Auction 162, Lot 35

"[Lot of 2] Western Hemisphere - Map of Discovery [and] Eastern Hemisphere - Map of Discovery", National Geographic Magazine

Subject: World

Period: 1928 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

18.1 x 15.9 inches
46 x 40.4 cm

This attractive pair of world maps is based upon murals created by painter N.C. Wyeth which decorated Hubbard Memorial Hall, the National Geographic Society's first formal library. While the maps themselves are based upon modern information and political boundaries, the style and decorative elements are characteristic of 16th century maps including depictions of Zeus, Poseidon, a wind head, and several explorers. The murals also served as the frontispiece to the March, May, July, November and December magazine issues from 1928.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with vibrant color and light wear along the fold lines. The Eastern Hemisphere sheet has a 2.5" binding tear at left that has been closed on verso with archival tape, and there are a few other minor separations along the sheet edges that have also been repaired on verso.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $850

Closed on 4/26/2017