Story Map of Ireland.
1936 (dated) 16 x 12 in (40.64 x 30.48 cm)
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An uncommon 1937 pictorial map of Ireland by the Chicago firm Colortext. The map covers all of Ireland with historical and literary figures highlighted with profile images near the locations with which they are most associated. The border work is drawn of the Book of Kells and the Book of MacDuran, both remarkable Irish mediaeval illuminated manuscripts. This map was published by the Colortexxt Company in 1936. There is no artist attribution.
Colortext Publications (c. 1933 – 1950) was a Chicago based firm active in the middle part of the 20th century. The firm's earliest work is a series of pamphlets associated with the Chicago Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934). Following the exposition Colortext partnered with various artist to create a series of pictorial maps known as 'Story Maps.' The firm partnered with such notable pictorial map artists as Ernest Dudley Chase, Egbert G. Jacobson, Julio de Diego, A. Walker and W.E. Vogelear. Although it is unclear who founded the firm, it is registered business at 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, as early as 1933. In 1938 and 1940, the firm produced to exceptional publications, a panoramic view of Chicago and the Military Panoramap of the Theatre of War. These depart markedly form the 'Story Map' model and reveal a greater level of sophistication than evident in Colortext's earlier publications. Sometime after World War II Colortext was acquired by the Chicago businessman and druggist Paul J. Mandalbach. The firm's last publication was in 1950, a Story Map of the West Indies.
Very good. Minor verso reapir lower margin.