Created for passengers on Grace Line cruises, this is a 1934 Jo Mora pictorial map of El Salvador. La Libertad, El Salvador, served as one of the ports of call on some Grace Line cruises, and passengers were invited to disembark and travel the twenty-six miles to San Salvador, El Salvador's capital. Mora lends his style to this excursion and draws passengers parading down a dock toward cars waiting to ferry them to the city. Locals are also illustrated tending their fields and riding on horseback. One individual is shown stoking a fire under a gigantic coffee pot!
Publication HistoryThis map was created and published by Jo Mora as part of his book entitled Log of the Spanish Main.
Joseph 'Jo' Jancito Mora (October 22, 1876 – October 10, 1947) was a Uruguayan born artist active in California during the first half of the 20th century. Mora immigrated to California as a young man. He studied art in Boston and, after graduating, worked there briefly before relocating to California. In cartographic circles Mora is known for pioneering the 20th century pictorial map. In a series he referred to as his 'cartes,' published between in 1926 and 1942, Mora developed a pictorial style that combined cartography with colorful cartoonish image of local figures, folklore, history, and natural wonders. His earliest maps were commissioned by the Hotel Del Monte and included California's Playground and The Seventeen Mile Drive. As he matured as a cartographer, his work became increasingly dense, often packed with tiny figures, each expressive of some aspect of regional life. Mora, often called the 'Renaissance map of the West' also worked as an illustrator, muralist, sculptor, photographer, and writer. His masterpiece is considered to be the Father Serra Cenotaph, a bronze and marble sculpture at the Memorial Chapel in El Carmelo Mission, Carmel, California.
Mora, J. A Log of the Spanish Main (San Francisco: Jo Mora) 1933.
Very good. Even overall toning.