This is a c. 1960 Lucien Boucher art deco pictorial map of France created for the French bank Credit Lyonnais (at the time the largest bank in France). Pictorial vignettes and yellow banners highlight French cities where a main Credit Lyonnais branch operated. Cathedrals mark many of these cities, including Chartres, Amiens, Reims, and Rennes. Other monuments illustrate other cities, including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arena and the Pont du Gars in Nimes, and several Loire Valley chateaux. Cities and towns with smaller bank branches throughout France are indicated by small white stars. Green banners identify branches in foreign countries, including ones in Brussels (Bruxelles), Anvers, and London.
Publication History and CensusThis map was drawn by Lucien Boucher in 1960 and printed in paris by Perceval. It is scarce. We note just one other example, at the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University.
Lucien Boucher (1889 - 1971) was French cartoonist, artist, writer, and illustrator. Boucher was born in Chartres in 1889 and graduated from the École de Céramique de Sèvres. His work as a cartoonist appeared in the humorous weekly Le Rire. Starting in the 1920s he produced numerous pictorial posters inspired by the commercial promise of surrealism. Among them were a series of surrealistic planispheric and celestial maps drawn to illustrate the transportation networks of Air France. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Mounted on heavy linen.
Rumsey 8130.000. (Same as OCLC 953572815).