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1970 Crabb and Shubb Psychedelic Humbead's Map of the World

Humbead's Revised Map of the World with List of Population. - Main View

1970 Crabb and Shubb Psychedelic Humbead's Map of the World


A psychedelic fantastical map of the world bordered by nightmarish creatures.


Humbead's Revised Map of the World with List of Population.
  1970 (dated)     23.5 x 16.5 in (59.69 x 41.91 cm)


This is an iconic 1970 Earl Crabb and Rick Shubb map of the world, the last of three different editions of Humbead's Revised Map of the World. Celebrated for its place in the history of the West Coast folk scene and the hippie counterculture, the map depicts a world reimagined from this perspective. Much like the 1969 edition, San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, New York City, and Cambridge dominate one large continent, with Southeast Asia, North Africa, and Boston making up the rest of this landmass. Places within these cities are illustrated and labeled as well, adding some detail to the map. In San Francisco, for example, Golden Gate Park is illustrated, and Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Santa Barbara, and Marin County are labeled. In New York City, Washington Square Park and Central Park, while Harlem, Chicago, and New Orleans are dots on the map. Southeast Asia is situated between San Francisco and Los Angeles, while the entire continent of Africa is situated between Cambridge and New York City. Nashville sits at the center of the continent, perhaps a reference to Crabb and Shubb's love of folk music.

This Pangea-esque continent is illustrated on a beige background meant to represent the ocean given that it is labeled as 'The Farspooming Ocean' and 'The Whelming Brine'. Gigantic scrolls of parchment are also illustrated underneath the continent and bear a list of over 1,300 names - the population to which the map's title refers. Among the celebrities references are Stanley Kubrick, Salvador Dali, Peter Cushing, Pablo Picasso, Stan Lee, and John Lennon. The whole is surrounded by a border that borders on the nightmarish. Fantastical beasts appear everywhere, psychedelically colored with numerous limbs, all reminiscent of the beasts described during the acid trips in Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In many ways the border defies explanation; it simply must be viewed to be appreciated.
Publication History and Census
This map was created and published by Rick Shubb and Earl Crabb (Humbead) in 1970. Three different editions of Humbead's Revised Map of the World were published in 1968, 1969, and 1970. A well-known and celebrated piece of 1960s West Coast history, these maps are rare on the market today. The only example we are aware of in an institutional collection is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University. No records of the 1970 edition are catalogued in the OCLC.


Earl Crabb (September 6, 1941 - February 20, 2015) was an American artist, photographer, computer programmer, and jack-of-all-trades. Born in Le Sueur, Minnesota, Crabb graduated from William College in 1964 where he studied economics. A pioneering computer programmer, Crabb designed the first on-line banking programs for Bank of America and the first touch screen program for a Candian tourist bureau among other projects. He was a beloved figure of the 1960s traditional and folk music scene in San Francisco, where he was known as a photographer, producer, and organizer. From 1968 until his death, Crabb owned and operated Humbead Enterprises which created and published posters (including the celebrated 'Humbead's Revised Map of the World' which he created with Rick Shubb) and distributed books by David Goines. He was married to Giselle Shepatin. Learn More...

Richard 'Rick' Shubb (b. January 11, 1945) is an American inventor, musician, and graphic artist. Born in Oakland, California, Shubb began playing the 5-string banjo at the age of 14. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1962. He soon began playing folk music in coffeehouses and taverns in Berkeley and San Francisco and played with celebrated musicians, including Doc Watson, David Grisman, and Jerry Garcia. He was also a charter member of High Country, one of San Francisco's most venerable bluegrass bands. Shubb invented the very popular guitar and banjo accessory the Shubb Capo, for which he holds the patent. He also holds several other U.S. and international patents on musical instrument accessories and improvements, including the lever-operated banjo fifth string capo and the compensated banjo bridge. Shubb is also known as a graphic artist. During the 1960s he drew posters for one of San Francisco's hip rock palaces, the Carousel Ballroom. A handful of his posters are included in the book The Art of Rock, considered to be the definitive work on rock posters. He also created the popular poster 'Humbead's Map of the World', which is regarded as an integral part of the folk-rock culture of the 1960s. Shubb is currently the owner and operator of his own company, Shubb Capos. Learn More...


Very good. Even overall toning. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 11747.000.