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Auction 179, Lot 527

"Story Map of France",

Subject: France

Period: 1936 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

15.9 x 12 inches
40.4 x 30.5 cm
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This charming pictorial map gives over 100 visual reasons to visit France. A cartouche at right lists "Distinguished Citizens Born in Paris," including artists, musicians, scientists and explorers. The elaborate border incorporates imagery from 17th century tapestries from the style of Louis XV and 18th century ornaments by Robert de Cotte. Despite the whimsical imagery, the map includes a reminder of the Great War and perhaps foreshadowing of World War II. Blood-red lines indicate the "Germans Farthest Advance" and the "Final Battle Line" from World War I. Nearby fly the flag of Nazi Germany and what appear to be lines of cheval de frise crossing the German countryside. Created by A. Walker and W.E. Vogelear and published in Chicago by Colortext Publications, which created a series of Story Maps between 1935-50.

References: Rumsey #8049.

Condition: A

A bright example with a few very faint stains.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $240

Closed on 9/16/2020