1931 Jo Mora Pictorial Map of the Grand Canyon

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1931 Jo Mora Pictorial Map of the Grand Canyon


Pictorial map of the Grand Canyon by one of the masters of the genre.


Grand Canyon.
  1931 (dated)     14.5 x 9 in (36.83 x 22.86 cm)


A beautiful c. 1931 / 1957 pictorial map of the Grand Canyon by Jo Mora. Roughly following the Colorado River, the map covers the most visited parts of the Grand Canyon. Many of the Canyon's unique formations, which are named after a variety of figures from mythology, fairly takes, and folklore, are noted with pictorial representations of their namesakes. The borders of the map features numerous inset images that range from historical notes, to cultural illustrations, to humorous cartoon anecdotes.
Publication History and Census
This map was originally drawn and published by Jo Mora in 1931 - per the copyright. The present example bears the 'Jo Mora Publications' imprint in the lower left margin suggesting that this is the c. 1957 second state.


Joseph 'Jo' Jancito Mora (October 22, 1876 – October 10, 1947) was an Uruguayan born artist active in California during the first half of the 20th century. Mora immigrated to California as a young man. He studied art in Boston and, after graduating, worked there briefly before relocating to California. In cartographic circles Mora is known for pioneering the 20th century pictorial map. In a series he referred to as his 'cartes,' published between in 1926 and 1942, Mora developed a pictorial style that combined cartography with colorful cartoonish image of local figures, folklore, history, and natural wonders. His earliest maps were commissioned by the Hotel Del Monte and included California's Playground and The Seventeen Mile Drive. As he matured as a cartographer, his work became increasingly dense, often packed with tiny figures, each expressive of some aspect of regional life. Mora, often called the 'Renaissance man of the West' also worked as an illustrator, muralist, sculptor, photographer, and writer. His masterpiece is considered to be the Father Serra Cenotaph, a bronze and marble sculpture at the Memorial Chapel in El Carmelo Mission, Carmel, California. His map work included Monterey Penninsula (1927), and Seventeen Mile Drive (1927), California (1927), Grand Canyon (1931), Yosemite (1931), Yellowstone (1936), Carmel-By-The-Sea (1942), California (1945) (large and small versions), Map of Los Angeles (1942), among others. Learn More...


Good. Laid down on linen.