Eastern/Western Hemisphere Map of Discovery (2 sheets)
Two sheet map published by National Geographic in the interwar period.
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Designed to appear in the same style as sixteenth century maps, this pair of images is based on a wall mural originally designed for the National Geographic Society building by N.C. Wyeth. Decorative elements such as sailing ships, wind heads, and sea monsters were all common on maps produced during the Dutch “Golden Age of Cartography” (roughly spanning the 17th century) and appear here alongside routes taken by early explorers. Surrounding each hemisphere are additional mythological and historical figures, such as Poseidon, Zeus, Columbus and Galileo. Countries are depicted with their modern borders, with various colors representing political organization on each continent. Overall, an ornate and desirable pair of maps that reflect strongly on the history and development of cartography.
Publication Date: 1928
Author: National Geographic
Sheet Width (in): 18.5
Sheet Height (in): 16.75
Condition Description: Each sheet is in good condition, with pinholes and wear along the folds as originally issued. The Western Hemisphere sheet has some minor image loss.