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Ernest Dudley Chase: America the Wonderland - A Pictorial Map of the United States

Map: USA8976
Cartographer: Ernest Dudley Chase
Title: America the Wonderland - A Pictorial Map of the United States
Date: 1941
Published: Winchester, Mass.
Width: 28 inches / 72 cm
Height: 21 inches / 54 cm
Map ref: USA8976
Colourful pictorial map of the contiguous United States featuring illustrated vignettes of National Parks, historic buildings, and other important sites.

Hundreds of miniature illustrations dot the map to highlight potential spots of interest, for example Fort Sumner, New Mexico is marked as the site of Billy the Kid's death while Kirksville, Missouri is labeled as the hometown of Mark Twain. Published just at the outset of the Automobile Age, this charming map invites its audience on a grand road trip across the United States without ever having to leave their homes.

Laid down on archival linen. Signed by the author in pencil. Printed colour. (SL) [USA8976]

Ernest Dudley Chase

Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966), born in Lowell, Massachusetts, is one of the best known and prolific pictorial mapmakers of the 20th century. He created more than 50 different maps in his very distinctive style. A perfectionist, he is noted for his attention to fine details and for his illustrated vignettes. The maps frequently dealt humorously with serious subjects while always reflecting his passionate patriotism and optimism.

Many of his maps focus on his native New England, but he also designed maps of the world, Europe, North and South America, and WWII-themed maps. He published all of his maps from his home in Winchester, Massachusetts, taking orders from customers through the post. In a delightfully personal touch, he would sometimes sign his maps in pencil before dispatching them to customers.