Auction 170, Lot 66

"[Lot of 2] A Map for the "Scofflaw" - An Imaginary Conception of an Ideal Estate [and] Map of an Imaginary Estate for an Inveterate Fly-Fisherman",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1931 (published)

Publication: Country Life Magazine

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 11.3 inches
19.8 x 28.7 cm

These two maps by John R. Held, Jr. were published in Country Life Magazine in January and April 1931. The first is an anti-prohibition map, which shows fields growing alcohol related crops (such as rye, aples, grapes, and dandelions) and various machinery and buildings used in the production of alcohol. A large sea includes a "rum runner," a private yacht, and a drowning "dry agent" (with the notation "and good for him"). Large signs warning dry agents to "keep out" surround the area. On verso are photos of a residence in Bedford, New York. The second map is the ideal landscape for a fly-fisherman, with a large fish hatchery feeding numerous rivers and pools, all surrounded by signs for others to "keep out" (interestingly a theme on both maps). Below the distance scale it is noted "as though it meant anything." On verso is the beginning of an article about Amelia Earhart.

References: PJ Mode Collection #1234 & #2072.

Condition: A

Bright examples with minor marginal soiling and a few small abrasions confined to the blank margins on the "Scofflaw" map.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 11/14/2018