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Auction 183, Lot 377

"La France Touristique et Gastronomique",

Subject: France

Period: 1948 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

17 x 20.5 inches
43.2 x 52.1 cm
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This tourist map of France was created by commercial illustrator Willy Landelle and illustrates the sites, people, industries, and specialty foods found in regions around the country. The sites depicted include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Roman amphitheater of Nimes, and the gothic Strasbourg Cathedral. Various craftsmen and farmers are scattered through the map representing important trades, such as winemaking, beermaking, beekeeping, lace making, and hunting for truffles. Many of these trades result in delicacies for which France is known, including fois gras, cheese, wine, champagne, and special regional dishes, which are illustrated throughout the map. Key cities and roads are also shown to help orient the traveler. Despite the jovial sentiment of the map, a few subtle political messages are incorporated, with a Frenchman welcoming a British traveler across the Channel and a French policeman halting a Belgian with a bag of tobacco at the northern border. Published by Editions Jacques Petit in Angers, France.

References: Rumsey #8726.

Condition: A

A crisp sheet with just a hint of toning.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $425

Closed on 6/9/2021