By: Blondel la Rougery
Date: 1948, France
Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches (24 x 30 cm)
This pictorial map of Louisiana and the Mississippi River 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 Mississippi River runs down the central axis of the map, showing states that were also part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, such as Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa. On the borders of the print are vignettes of historical scenes and figures. In the upper right corner is Cavelier de La Salle at the Palace of Versailles. La Salle was a French explorer and colonizer known for his exploration of the Mississippi Delta. Also shown are the harvesting of sugar cane, the selling of cotton, alligators, and a steam ship.
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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