Plan of Old Heidelberg. A True Wood-Cut Map. Madeby Hand with Divers Inteesting and Historical Figures.
1929 (undated) 30 x 31 in (76.2 x 78.74 cm)
Marvelously graphic, this is Darwin LeOra Teihet's c. 1929 pictorial map of 'Old Heidelberg.' The map is, as the title suggests, a modern woodcut describing the historic city center in a pictorial style. The map is oriented to the south and centered on the Neckar River. The map focuses on historical locations, many of which are identified pictorially.
The map is attributed in the lower right corner to the American mystery writer Darwin LeOra Teilhet (1904 - 1964). Teihet led an interesting and varied life. He literally 'ran away with the ciricus' and became a juggler in France. Later he worked as an intelligence officer during World War II. After the war he rose through the corporate ranks to become the President of Dole Pineapple. In addition, he taught journalism at Stanford, worked as a screen writer in Hollywood, and became an important American mystery novelist.
This map was most likely drawn in the context of this last profession, mystery novelist. Teilhet's most important novel, the 1934 The Talking Sparrow Murders, took place in Heidelberg, where is lived in 1928 and 1929. The novel communicates Teihet's horror the crimes being committed against the Jewish people under Adolf Hitler, and also a sadness for Germany itself, in particular Heidelberg, which he loved, but felt was losing its own history to single-minded fascism. It was perhaps this experience that inspired Teihet to draw this map of 'Old' or 'historic' Heidelberg.
The map was drawn by Teilhet and engraved by J. Hörning of Heidelberg's University Press. It was engraved onto multiple wooden plates which were then assembled, printed, and overprinted in red and yellow to produce this remarkably graphic map. Today, this map is extremely rare. The only other example we are aware of is in the collection of David Rumsey. No examples listed on OCLC.
Good. Paper evenly toned throughout. Repair, left side, near Das Schloss. Wear to original fold lines and slight loss at some fold interesections. Backed on archival tissue for stability.