A rare 1930 historical and pictorial map of Virginia by Charles William Smith. The map is essentially an outline of the state's borders with numerous pictorial vignettes illustrating historic events, important buildings, and other locations. The main map is supplemented by smaller maps illustrating 'historic rivers,' 'Old Richmond,' and the coast to coast boundaries of Virginia's original charter. In addition, there are numerous smaller illustrations of historic buildings throughout the state. A message circling the sun reads 'The Sunshine nowhere shines so bright as in Virginia.'
Publication History and CensusThis map was issued in 1930. There were at least two printings, a mass market edition published by Garrett and Massie of Richmond, and the presently offered presentation edition, with artist signed binder, by August Hoen and Company. The presentation example was limited to 500 signed copies. The copyright was filed on December 10, 1930, so most likely the map was not printed or released until 1931. The OCLC suggest fair representation in institutional collections, especially those where Smith taught, but the map is rare to the market. The present example is provenance to the library of Cecil Calvert Vaughan III (1895 - 1960), a prominent citizen of Franklin, Southampton, Virginia.
Charles William Smith (1893 - 1987) was an American art professor, printmaker, and painter. Born in Lofton, Virginia, Smith attended the University of Virginia, the Corcoran Art School, and the Yale School of Fine Art. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1925, establishing himself as a commercial artist with the printing from of white and Shepperson. His first teaching position was in 1927 at the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health (Richmond Professional Institute and then VCU). Over the course of his teaching career, he held positions at the University of Richmond, the College of William and Mary, and the New York School of Printing. He also served as the chair of the art department at Bennington College from 1936 to 1947, and at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. During his career as a professional artist, Smith exhibited works at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Charles W. Smith died in Charlottesville in 1987. More by this mapmaker...
August Hoen and Company (fl. c. 1840 - 1981) was a Baltimore based engraving and lithography firm active in the middle part of the 19th century. A. Hoen & Co. was originally founded by Edward Weber under the name 'E. Weber & Company. Weber died in the early 1850s and his company was taken over by German immigrant August Hoen (18?? - 1886) and his brothers, Henry and Ernest Hoen. As general interest lithographers, the Hoen firm's corpus includes posters, cigar boxes, sheet music covers, and posters as well as maps. They are best known for their pioneering multi-color lithographic techniques. After the death of August Hoen, the business passed on to his son, Albert Hoen. Another son, Earnest A. Hoen, moved to Richmond, Virginia and opened a branch of the firm there where he was granted a charter to produce Civil War era Confederate Currency. Their contributions to the cartographic field are generally in association with engraving and printing work done for Jacob Monk and the U.S. Geological Survey. The Hoen family maintained an active interest in the firm for the next 100 years or so until it finally filed for bankruptcy in 1981. Learn More...
Very good. Even overall toning. Verso repairs to fold separations. Blank on verso. Accompanied by original binder, which is signed by Smith.