A rare 1930 pictorial map of Europe, Asia, and North Africa in the Middle Ages by Alice York and Eduourd Léon Edy-Legrand, accompanied by its original envelope. Although romanticizing a difficult historical period, the map is quite beautiful and inclusive in its scope, addressing not just European, but also Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Persian, and Arabian history. On the verso of the map's original envelope, there is a description of the map that exceeds anything we could write,
Here is a new map by Alice York - a delightful presentation of that colorful and romantic pageant of the Medieval World, characterizing civilization in Europe, Africa and Asia from the 5th to the 15th Century.
A glance at Spain shows us the Famous Alhambra and the Tower of Seville; in France we find Joan of Arc riding bravely to her fate; two Minnesingers wander about Germany while a member of the House of Hapsburg sits stoically upon his stronghold; a horde of Mongols is invading Russia and still further East Tamerlane the Great goes about his business of conquest. The Crusaders, too, are graphically pictured on their valorous arch to Jerusalem. And sea commerce, with all the hazards and adventures of the day, discovers new trade routes for the precious oriental cargoes which must be brought thousands of miles to enrich the centers of Europe.
Around the map is a border portraying, in chronological fashion, the more important figures and single outstanding events of the medieval centuries. We learn, for instance, that games of polo and chess were played in 531; that the Koran was introduced by Mohammed in 622; that Marco Polo described the wonders of China in 1275; that Robert Bruce won independence for Scotland in 1314 and that Chaucer wrote his famous Canterbury Tales in 1380.
There is rich historical treasure in this pictorial drama of Conquests and Discovers, Crusaders and Troubadours, beginning with the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West in the 5th Century and ending in the new Age of Discovery with the voyage of Columbus in the 15th Century. The map is stimulating, and provokes a desire to know more of this fascinating period. It is also, by virtue of its interesting cartography, especially adapted for use as a decoration, either in the home or in the school.
The map is the 2nd of two maps issued by Alice York, both intended for educational work.
Publication History and Census
Published in 1930, this map was designed by Alice York and drawn by the famous French illustrator Eduourd Léon Edy-Legrand. Like York's earlier map illustrating the ancient world, the present map was published by John Day Company of New York and printed by Artcraft Lithograph and Printing. The map is undated, but we have been able to find references to its publication dating to 1930. Examples are today quite scarce with the only institutional holding appearing at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
Alice York (fl. c. 1926 - 1930) was an American educator and map publisher active in the first half of the 20th century. York published two educational pictorial maps. One, Child's Map of the Ancient World, in 1926 in partnership Ilonka Karasz (1896 - 1981), and a second, A Medieval Map of East and West in 1930 in partnership with Eduourd Léon Edy-Legrand. Little is known of her life, but she may have lived and worked in Los Angeles. Learn More...
Eduourd Léon Edy-Legrand (July 24, 1892 - September 1970) was a French illustrator active in the early to mid-20th century. Formally named Édouard Léon Louis Warschawsky, Edy-Legrand was born in Bordeaux, France, to a French mother and a Russia- Jewish father. He studied at the École des Beaux Artes in Paris and the Art Academy in Munich, after which he took work in Paris with Tolmer Publishing. From about 1933, he began an extensive series of travels that took him throughout Europe and to North Africa, living more than 20 years in Rabat, Morocco. His work was discovered Marie Steiner, director of the Knoedler Gallery in New York, catapulting him to international art-world fame. Following World War II, he traveled to the United states, where he worked for several publishing houses and private publishers. Some of his pieces have sold at auction in New York for more six figures. Learn More...
Richard John Walsh (November 20, 1886 - May 28, 1960) was an American journalist, publisher, and socialite. Walsh was born in Lyons, Kansas and graduated manga cum laude from Harvard in 1907. He worked as a porter at the Boston Herald from 1909 to 1912. He joined the Curtis publishing Company as a advertising salesmen. When World War I broke out, he joined the staff of the United States Food Administration. Walsh wrote articles for Women's Home Companion and Judge before becoming the editor of Colliers Weekly, a position he held from 1922 to 1924. In 1926, Wash started John Day Publishing in New York, which he named after the Elizabethan Printer of the same name. The firm specialized in illustrated fiction and current affairs books and pamphlets. He remained president of the John Day Company until 1959, when he retired. Wash was also the publisher of Asia Magazine from 1933 to 1946 and the husband of Pulitzer Prices winning novelist Pearl S. Buck. Walsh died in 1960, but his firm, John Day, continued to publish until 1874, when Thomas Y. Crowell Company in 1974 and its imprint was discontinued. Learn More...
Very good. Minor verso repairs along original folds including repair of light loss. Accompanied by original decorative envelope.