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1945 Chase Pictorial Map of the History of Aviation Published in Spanish

Mapa Historico de la Aviacion o Cronica de la Conquista del Aire por el Hombre. - Main View

1945 Chase Pictorial Map of the History of Aviation Published in Spanish


An extremely rare Spanish language reduction of Ernest Dudley Chase's map of the history of flight published in Mexico.



Mapa Historico de la Aviacion o Cronica de la Conquista del Aire por el Hombre.
  1945 (undated)     20.5 x 15.5 in (52.07 x 39.37 cm)


This is a 1945 Spanish translation of an Ernest Dudley Chase pictorial map of the history of aviation that was published in Mexico. A reduced version of Chase's map entitled 'The Story Map of Flying', small vignettes highlighting landmark achievements in aviation encircle a map of the world drawn on a polar projection. Planes, both real and imaginary, are illustrated flying across the world. Some of these include flying boats, early airliners, and bombers flown during World War II, including the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Humanity's earliest attempts at flight are chronicled beginning at the top left and proceeding clockwise, from the unsuccessful attempts to fly with wings strapped to one's arms, to hot air balloons, and then several unsuccessful attempts to create powered flying machines. The Wright Flyer, recognized as the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft, is illustrated just below the title, next to Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, in which Lindbergh completed the first successful solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Other aviation pioneers referenced here include Glenn Curtis, Richard Byrd, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, and Howard Hughes.
Publication History and Census
This map was published in 1945 as a supplement to issue number 712 of the Mexican magazine 'Sucesos para todos'. This is the only known example.


Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966) was an American illustrator of greeting cards and pictorial maps active in the first half of the 20th century. From his studio in Winchester Massachusetts, Chase became famous for his elaborately illustrated pictorial maps. He was born in Lowell Massachusetts and attended the Lowell Textile School and the Vesper George Art School. He took work with Butterfield Printing Company in 1900. In 1906 he moved to the W. T. Sheehan Printing Firm. He began producing postcards and greeting cards on his own account in 1908. This initial imprint was Des Arts Publishers, but later he changed it to Ernest Dudley Chase Publishers. Chase is best known today for his distinctive pictorial maps, most of which he published privately, characterized by densely packed vignette images of important locations. The biographical pamphlet A Meticulous Maker of Maps describes Chase's attention to detail wherein, pursuing a 'passion for perfection' by stippling his images 'dot-by-dot, with tiny pens' under a magnifying glass. His impressive corpus includes nearly 50 maps focusing various parts of the United States and Europe. Most are thematic, focusing on topics such as wonders of the world, stamps, aviation, and war. Others, such as his map of The United States as viewed by California and Loveland are satirical in nature. All are highly coveted by collectors today. Learn More...


Good. Even overall toning. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Exhibits pinholing at corners. Area of infill along bottom border. Blank on verso.