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Auction 185, Lot 25

"[Lot of 5] Western Hemisphere - Map of Discovery [and] Eastern Hemisphere - Map of Discovery [and] The Discoverer [and] Beyond Uncharted Seas Columbus Finds a New World... [and] Through Pathless Skies to the North Pole...", National Geographic Magazine

Subject: World

Period: 1928 (dated)

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Color: Printed Color

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This complete set of two maps and three prints is based upon the five murals created by painter N.C. Wyeth which decorate Hubbard Memorial Hall, the National Geographic Society's first formal library. While the maps themselves are based upon modern information and political boundaries, the style and decorative elements are characteristic of 16th century maps including depictions of Zeus, Poseidon, a wind head, and several explorers. The three prints beautifully depict Columbus on uncharted seas, his discovery of the New World, and Richard Byrd's flight to the North Pole. The murals were part of National Geographic Magazine's "The Romance of Discovery", and these prints served as the frontispieces to the March, May, July, November and December 1928 magazine issues.

A. Western Hemisphere - Map of Discovery (18.1 x 15.9").
B. Eastern Hemisphere - Map of Discovery (18.2 x 15.9").
C. The Discoverer (30.1 x 8.1").
D. Beyond Uncharted Seas Columbus Finds a New World... (11.8 x 8.0").
E. Through Pathless Skies to the North Pole... (11.9 x 8.0").

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Condition: A

Issued folding with vibrant color and minor wear along the fold lines. "The Discoverer" print has a couple of small faint dampstains confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $325

Closed on 11/17/2021

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