Catalog Archive
Auction 182, Lot 369

"Pictorial Map of Mexico",

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1939 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

19.9 x 12.3 inches
50.5 x 31.2 cm

This delightful pictorial map of Mexico was designed to encourage tourists to visit the numerous historic and cultural sites throughout the country. Imagery of these sites, along with local customs, activities, flora and fauna fill the map. A large inset fills the Gulf of Mexico and features the chorus of the national anthem of Mexico, numerous figures in indigenous costumes, and a quote from the beginning of the volume on Mexico from William H. Prescott's historical series The Nations of the World. Smaller insets in the Pacific Ocean depict important dates and periods in the history of Mexico and traditional Mexican customs, such as the national dance, a bull fight, and a cock fight. The map was created by Miguel Gomez Medina and was given to tourists at various hotels and restaurants in Mexico City. Two versions of this map were published: a larger version that was published circa 1930 and this smaller version that appeared several years later. Printed by F.S.H.Y. CIA, and published by Fischgrund Publishing Co. This example is accompanied by the original envelope in which it was issued.


Condition: A

The map is crisp and clean, issued folding. The envelope is lightly soiled with some wear along the edges.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $325

Closed on 4/28/2021