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1945 Chase Pictorial Map of North America Published in Spanish

Mapa Pictórico de Norte America. - Main View

1945 Chase Pictorial Map of North America Published in Spanish


A Spanish language reduction of Ernest Dudley Chase's map of North America published by a Mexican magazine.



Mapa Pictórico de Norte America.
  1945 (undated)     20.5 x 15.25 in (52.07 x 38.735 cm)     1 : 15840000


This is a 1945 Spanish translation of an Ernest Dudley Chase pictorial map of North America. Cities throughout the continent, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Panama City, Panama, are labeled in black lettering, with the capitals identified by block letters. Profile views of famous buildings enhance these labels, some of which include the White House, numerous state capital buildings, Guadalajara Cathedral, and the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral. Similar views also mark important cultural and natural sites, including Arches National Park, Yellowstone National Park (Old Faithful), Hoover Dam, Mesa Verde National Park, and Chichen Itza. Vignette views of other sites around the region, such as Rockefeller Center, the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, the French Quarter in New Orleans, and the Capitol Building in Havana.
Publication History and Census
This map was published in 1945 as a supplement to issue number 710 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...


Very good. Verso repairs to fold separations. Light wear along original fold lines. Exhibits pinholing at corners. Blank on verso.