This is a 1937 Lucien Boucher limited-edition pictorial art-deco Air France route map of the world. Advertising Air France's global reach, banners and vignettes mark cities Air France serves worldwide. The Arc de Triomphe marks Paris, skyscrapers identify New York, and a bagpiper appears near London. Monuments mark Budapest, Montevideo, and Baghdad, while highly stylized (and stereotypical) vignettes of local inhabitants from Scandinavia to Southeast Asia complete the map's aesthetic.
Publication History and CensusThis map was drawn in 1937 by Lucien Boucher and published by Perceval in Paris for Air France. There were a total of 600 printed, all numbered. Number 1 to 250 were issued on Arches Paper, while the remaining sheets, from 251 to 600, were issued on Canson and Montgolfier Paper. The present example, no. 291, is part of this latter group. It is unclear how many have survived as this is one of Boucher's rarer Air France maps. We note two cataloged examples: the David Rumsey Map Collection and the National Air and Space Museum.
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. Learn More...
Good. Mounted on heavy linen. A few old tears expertly repaired.
Rumsey 8571.000. National Air and Space Museum A19900479000.