1946 Friendship Press Pictorial Map of India - PROOF STATE

Picture Map of India. - Main View

1946 Friendship Press Pictorial Map of India - PROOF STATE


Proof state of a rare pictorial wall map of India.


Picture Map of India.
  1946 (dated)     36.5 x 48 in (92.71 x 121.92 cm)     1 : 4250000


This is a 1946 Friendship Press pictorial map of India, in a rare incomplete proof state. Predating the Partition of India by one year, the map depicts the region from Iran to Burma and from China and the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Profile views of buildings mark certain cities, such as the Taj Mahal, at Agra. Other cities and towns are labeled throughout, including Bombay, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Delhi, Calcutta, and Karachi. Provinces throughout India are illustrated and labeled. Railroads connect almost all of India's major cities. India's natural wonders, the Himalayas, and the Indus and Ganges Rivers are also evident.
Pictorial Border and Proof State
Pictorial vignettes occupy all four corners, and blank panels create the left and right borders. Only two frames contain illustrations. Eighteen circles occupy the space between the border and the map, three in each corner, and six divided between the sides. Each corner focuses on a specific aspect of life in India. From the top left and proceeding clockwise, the corners present illustrations of Indian crops, artisan-made goods, birds (including a peacock and a parakeet), and wildlife (elephants and tigers). The circles along the sides contain scenes of Indian life, including farming, carrying water, making pottery, selling cloth at a bazaar, and working in a factory.
Publication History and Census
This map was created and published by the Friendship Press in 1946. Several editions were published, beginning in 1930, and subsequent editions appeared in at least 1946 and 1963. Curricula for public schools in the 1950s suggested using this map, and other maps published by Friendship Press when teaching elementary students about Asia. All editions of the Friendship Press picture map of India are exceedingly rare, with only one edition, that from 1963, appearing in OCLC. Given the map's scarcity in all editions, plus the fact that the present map is a proof state makes this offering an exceptional opportunity.


Gilbert Quinn LeSourd (February 1, 1887 - June 22, 1962) was an American missionary, educator, reverend, and publisher active in New York and New Jersey in the early 20th century. LeSourd was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his early education at the College of Puget Sound, followed by and a bachelor of divinity from Drew Theological Seminary, an da doctorate of philosophy from New York University. LeSourd was the owner of Friendship Press, a printing house focused on missionary texts, maps, and other educational materials. He was also the Associate Secretary of the Missionary Education Movement. LeSourd died in Schenectady, New York. Learn More...


Good. Exhibits wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Areas of infill at some fold intersections. Title and copyright date printed on verso.