By: Blondel la Rougery
Date: 1948, France
Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches (24 x 30 cm)
This pictorial map of Australia 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 map shows the entire island of Australia, highlighting important cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. Around the print are vignettes of historical scenes and figures. In the lower left corner is an illustration of rabbit hunting, because rabbits bred in exponential numbers after they were introduced to Australia by British colonists who wanted the land to more closely resemble England. Also included are animals like the cockatoo, platypus, emu, and kangaroo; and portraits of aboriginal peoples, Ferdinand Magellan, James Cook, and Abel Tasman.
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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