A Map of Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, which we now call the Hawaiian Islands.
1927 (dated) 28.5 x 36.5 in (72.39 x 92.71 cm)
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Issued during the Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps (c. 1920 - 1960), this is a whimsical 1927 pictorial map of Honolulu, Hawaii, by Alexander Samuel MacLeod. Centered on Waikiki, the map covers from the site of the Honolulu Airport, west to Waialae-Kahala, and extends inland as far as Pauoa. A smaller inset map in the upper right offers a general view of the Hawaiian Islands. The map, in its own words attempted to depict 'in a pictorial fashion the history, landmarks, and customs of these colorful Isles.' Accordingly, in the developed center of Honolulu, streets, public squares, important buildings, landmarks, and curiosities, such as the night blooming cereus hedge are noted. Beyond the street grid, MacLeod uses vignette images and banners to illustrate historical events, local legends, flora, fauna, and more. The map is further surrounded by a decorative border with vignette scenes related to Hawaiian history and culture.
Publication History and Census This map was drawn by Alexander Samuel MacLeod and was published in New York by Henry M. Snyder. MacLeod was likely inspired to prepare this map of Honolulu by MacDonald Gill's 1914 Wonderground Map of London. As far as we are aware, this is MacLeod's only map. Today it is scarce on the market and of considerable collectable interest.
Alexander Samuel MacLeod (1888 - 1956) was a Canadian painter and printmaker active in California curing the first half of the 20th century. He was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada. After moving to San Francisco, he continued his artistic training at the California School of Design under Frank Van Sloun. In 1921, MacLeod relocated to Hawaii, where he worked in the art departments of the magazine Paradise of the Pacific and the local papers, The Honolulu Advertiserand the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. By 1929, he had returned to Canada and resided there for ten years. Returning once again to Hawaii, MacLeod became the director of the graphic art department for the United States Army in the Pacific. In 1943, he published a book of Hawaiian prints, The Spirit of Hawaii, Before and After Pearl Harbor. MacLeod retired to Palo Alto, California, where he died in 1956.
Good. Minor wear and verso reinforcement on original fold lines and at corners. Minor repaired fold damage, top margin, above 'Oahu.'
Rumsey 7983.000. OCLC 953572719.