1935 Ernest Dudley Chase Pictorial Map of the British Isles

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1935 Ernest Dudley Chase Pictorial Map of the British Isles


A unusual variant state of Ernest Dudley Chase's map of the British Isles. Signed by Chase in the lower left, just under the copyright.


A Pictorial Map of the British Isles By Ernest Dudley Chase.
  1935 (dated)     23 x 17.5 in (58.42 x 44.45 cm)     1 : 1700000


An uncommon signed 1935 pictorial map of the British Isles by Ernest Dudley Chase. The map covers all of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Chase uses the most important building in each town, usually a church or lordly manor, to symbolize the whole. London for example is represented by St. Paul's Cathedral while Chester by the ironically Tudor Chester Rows. Surrounding the map, in the oceans, further images illustrate famous castles and other sites such as London's Old Curiosity Shop (immortalized by Dickens). The map features Chase's iconic gothic borders. It is signed by the artist in pencil in this customary location in the lower left just below the copyright imprint.

This map is dated and copyrighted 1935. There are two established states of this map, the original uncolored state published in 1935 with a copyright date and a second full color edition published c. 1939 wherein the date on the copyright has been scratched out. The present example is neither and represents a heretofore unknown intermediate state. The copyright remains with the date, but light blue color has been added to the oceans. We have been able to identify no other examples with similar coloring.


Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966) was an American illustrator of greeting cards and pictorial maps active in the first half of the 20th century. From his studio in Winchester Massachusetts, Chase became famous for his elaborately illustrated pictorial maps. He was born in Lowell Massachusetts and attended the Lowell Textile School and the Vesper George Art School. He took work with Butterfield Printing Company in 1900. In 1906 he moved to the W. T. Sheehan Printing Firm. He began producing postcards and greeting cards on his own account in 1908. This initial imprint was Des Arts Publishers, but later he changed it to Ernest Dudley Chase Publishers. Chase is best known today for his distinctive pictorial maps, most of which he published privately, characterized by densely packed vignette images of important locations. The biographical pamphlet A Meticulous Maker of Maps describes Chase's attention to detail wherein, pursuing a 'passion for perfection' by stippling his images 'dot-by-dot, with tiny pens' under a magnifying glass. His impressive corpus includes nearly 50 maps focusing various parts of the United States and Europe. Most are thematic, focusing on topics such as wonders of the world, stamps, aviation, and war. Others, such as his map of The United States as viewed by California and Loveland are satirical in nature. All are highly coveted by collectors today. Learn More...


Good. Map exhibits some repaired tears and abrasions. Backed on archival tissue.


Rumsey 8612.000, 8040.000. OCLC 866834759.