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Auction 174, Lot 54

Fascinating "Rubik's Cube" Type Puzzle Map

"[Puzzle] Atlas Geographique", Barbie du Bocage, Jean-Guillaume

Subject: Cartographic Puzzle, Continents

Period: 1870 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

14.8 x 11.3 inches
37.6 x 28.7 cm
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This extraordinary and complete puzzle set consists of maps of the North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and France. Instead of individual puzzles for each region, the six maps are printed on each side of 35 total cubes. Getting the puzzles in the correct order is not easy and reminds one of working with a Rubik's Cube (just ask our photographer)! The cubes fit into the original wooden box that has an illustration of a female next to the world surrounded by visual representations of the continents. The guide maps store in the box, above the wooden cubes. An uncommon cartographic curiosity that has survived fairly well given its purpose as a game. Correctly arranged, the cubes make the following maps, each measuring approximately 9 x 12":

A. Carte de l'Amerique Septentrionale.
B. Carte de l'Amerique Meridionale.
C. Carte de l'Afrique.
D. Asie.
E. Carte de l'Europe.
F. France Divisee en 89 Departements...


Condition: B

Puzzle cubes are good to very good with light scattered foxing and a bit of lose paper along some of the edges. The guide maps are generally very good, with the exception being the map of Africa that is good with moderate toning and scattered foxing. The original box is present but several of the side pieces are loose and nearly falling apart. The top of the box has detached.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/11/2019