A wonderful piece of memorabilia from the early days of commercial aviation.

Cartes Blondel Planisphère Politique et Grandes Routes Aériennes.

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SKU: NL-01305 Category:
Cartographer(s): Blondel La Rougery
Date: 1939
Place: Paris
Dimensions: 104 cm x 70 cm (41 x 27.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG
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A large, impressive 1942 Mercator projection world map published by Blondel La Rougery. The map emphasizes major airplane routes, with distances (in km) noted in red. Time zones and longitude are also indicated at top. A text box at bottom-left explains the Mercator Projection.

Despite the title, although countries’ names are noted, national borders are not emphasized and only continents are color shaded. It is worth remembering that this work was published during the Second World War, while Paris was under Nazi occupation, though the intended message of the maker, if any, is subtle.

The Bibliothèque nationale de France holds a printing of this map from 1941, while four institutions in North America hold the present printing (OCLC 48521114). We are aware of a 1948 printing (previously sold by us) and a 1957 printing as well.


Blondel La Rougery

Blondel La Rougery, based in Paris, was a distinguished publishing house with roots tracing back to the 19th century, reaching its pinnacle of activity in the early to mid-20th century. Renowned for its meticulous cartographic works, the firm carved a niche for itself with world maps celebrated for their remarkable detail and precision.

Condition Description

Some wear. Very minor loss along one of the fold lines.