By: Blondel la Rougery
Date: 1948, France
Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches (24 x 30 cm)
This pictorial map of the European continent is a fine example of the work of Blondel la Rougery, a leading cartography company in twentieth century France. Produced in 1948, Blondel la Rougery’s map is a wonderful example of pictorial cartography.
The European continent takes up the center of the map, with eastern Turkey and North Africa also pictured. The map highlights important cities of the region like London, Stockholm, and Madrid. Around the print are vignettes of historical scenes and figures. The lower left hand corner shows King Charlemagne of France baptizing the Saxons; any Saxon who refused to be baptized would be put to death, which resulted in around 4,500 casualties. Also pictured are soldiers in the Crusades; the Tomb of Theodoric in Ravenna, Italy; and the Arc de Triomphe in Orange, France.
The map is in full color with beautiful detail and finely produced illustrations. With its fascinating historical detail, this map by Blondel la Rougery is a beautiful example of mid-century mapmaking and pictorial cartography.
Condition: Map is in A condition with full margins and bright colors.
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