Carte des Vins de Bourgogne.
1950 (undated) 23 x 17.25 in (58.42 x 43.815 cm)
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This is an anonymous c. 1950 map of the Bourgogne (Burgundy) wine region in France. The map depicts the region around the Yonne River, Auxerre, and Chablis, as well as the region from the Ouche River and Dijon, along the Saône River south past Macon to Lyon. At the center lies an illustration of the different wine growing areas within the region. A key along the left border specifies which color corresponds with each different kind of wine. Above the key are explanations of the various different terms that can be associated with wines from Bourgogne, including the differences between the red and white wines produced in the region. The different wines produced here include Auxerre, Chablis, Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Côtes de Nuits, Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Mercurey, Maconnais, and Beaujolais.
The illustration of the region is surrounded by portraits of famous French citizens from Bourgogne. Some of these include Jacques Amyot, a renowned Renaissance translator of works by Plato and the Bishop of Auxerre; Restif de la Bretonne, a French novelist who wrote a famous account of Paris during the French Revolution; Colette, a 20th century French novelist, who was the second woman to be elected a member of the Goncourt Academy; and Sébastien Le Prestre, marquis de Vauban, who is celebrated for creating a system of citadels in eastern France, which today are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Occupying the top-center of the map, the coat of arms of Bourgogne is flanked by the phrase, 'A la gloire de Monseigneur le Vin de Bourgogne qui fait trinquer le monde à la santé de la France', which roughly translates to, 'To the glory of the wines of Bourgogne with which the world toasts the health of France'. A fantastic border comprising snails, vines, grapes, and leaves complete the aesthetic and charm of this lovely map.
This map is unsigned and undated and we have been unable to locate any other examples. Thus due to several different factors, such as the paper and printing process, we have dated this map as c. 1950, but it is impossible to know with certainty.
Very good. Tear extending 1.5 inches into printed area professionally repaired on verso. Blank on verso.