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Auction 198, Lot 26

Signed in Pencil by Ernest Dudley Chase

"The Pictorial Map - A World of Stamps", Dudley Chase, Ernest

Subject: World

Period: 1947 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

32.6 x 20.5 inches
82.8 x 52.1 cm
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You don't have to be a stamp collector to appreciate Ernest Dudley Chases' excellent pictorial map. It covers the world in an array of notable and desirable stamps, both on the countries themselves and along the map's edges. In a clever bit of design, the map's border emulates stamp edges, and the borders of individual countries appear to be perforated. The map is filled with facts of interest to the philatelist. A quote from Voltaire highlights the importance of the post, while Franklin D. Roosevelt recommends stamp collecting because "it makes one a better citizen." A cartouche at bottom showcases the Penny Black, the first government-issued adhesive postage stamp. The decorative compass rose incorporates four portraits (of Louis Pasteur, Henry Morton Stanley, George Washington, and Simon Bolivar) and an image of the "World's Rarest Stamp," a one-cent magenta from British Guiana in 1856 with only a single known copy. The title cartouche at top right features images of an ocean liner, hot air balloon, airplane, blimp, and train. Designed and drawn by Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966), one of the leading figures in pictorial mapmaking during the middle 20th century. During the 1940s and 50s, Chase designed a series of maps with a postage stamp theme. As Hornsby writes in his Picturing America, "Although stamps frequently show images of countries, conjuring up thoughts of geography and travel, Chase was perhaps the first mapmaker to explore this connection." This example is accompanied by an original list of the 170 stamps that appear on the map, with their date, Scott number, and denomination, and the original stamp-themed paper wrapper that promises "A map that you should treasure, / For it will add no little / To your philatelic pleasure!" This example is signed by Chase in pencil at bottom left. The map is similar to Chase's later map The Philatelic Institute's Stamp Map of the World, published in 1959 by the Philatelic Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with minor variations and a different color scheme.

References: Hornsby (Picturing America) pp. 31-34; Rumsey #8095.

Condition: A

The map is clean and bright. It has been tightly rolled so it does not lay flat on its own. Original list of stamps is in pristine condition. Accompanying paper wrap is still intact with some short tears.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $425

Closed on 6/19/2024