The Historical Island of Guam of the Marianas Islands.
21.75 x 16 in (55.245 x 40.64 cm)
1 : 88900
This is a c. 1958 Bruce N. Nelson pictorial map of Guam, the southernmost island in the Marianas Islands. Depicting the entirety of the island, vignettes highlight historical events from Magellan's discovery of the island in 1521 to the construction of modern roads. A sailing canoe, situated in the lower right corner just above the short text concerning the history of Guam, illustrates the ancient Chamorros (the indigenous people of the Marianas Islands) exploring the Pacific. More recent history is also illustrated, with several airfields noted throughout the island, an extremely racist caricature of a Japanese soldier marking the Japanese occupation of Guam from December 11, 1941 until August 10, 1944, and an Amtrack ferrying the first wave of U.S. Marines to assault the landing beaches on July 22, 1944. These incredibly serious references are interspersed among people playing on the beaches, hiking Guam's mountainous interior, and ogling the mermaid off the island's east coast. A map of the Pacific is printed on the verso, along with a stylized view of Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, all islands in the Marianas.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Bruce N. Nelson and published by The Islander Company c. 1958. We are aware of only one other example, which is part of the David Rumsey Collection.
Very good. Even overall toning. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Light soiling. Closed margin tear professionally repaired on verso. Text and illustrations on verso.