Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla 500 Years of cartography on display. Rare maps and atlases from around the world . Saturday Open Hours are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.
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Admission is free at all times. This is the private collection of Mr Michael Stone and features 500 years of rare maps and atlases. Maps by Ortelius, Blaeu, and Ben Franklin. 20th century thematic maps by Jo Mora, including his rare cartoon map of San Diego. The 1493 "Columbus Letter". All this and much more is on display at the Museum. . Contact [email protected] to arrange a group visit.

Operating as usual

10/29/2020

The Earliest Illustration of the Planned Development of the Mission Bay Recreational Area.

Finely executed view of Mission Bay and environs, prepared in connection with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce's original plan to dredge Mission Bay for recreational purposes.

Lithographed by Frye & Smith of San Diego, one of the leading printers in San Diego in the mid 20th Century, this was almost certainly the first official printed rendering of the proposed dredging and recreational development of Mission Bay, as there is no advertising or other printing on the verso, suggesting that it was not intended for commercial use or wide distribution, but instead was most likely created as an early planning tool in connection with the Chamber of Commerce's work on the development of Mission Bay

Our next OPEN SATURDAY will be November 28th. It will be by appointment  between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each appointme...
10/16/2020

Our next OPEN SATURDAY will be November 28th. It will be by appointment between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each appointment is for one hour. Book through [email protected].

Here's a 1934 propaganda map from the former USSR

"Map of the U.S. for the Foot-Loose..." ca 1950's Original art by Bill Charmatz. Believed to have been done for Esquire ...
09/22/2020

"Map of the U.S. for the Foot-Loose..." ca 1950's Original art by Bill Charmatz. Believed to have been done for Esquire Magazine. . Medium: pen & Ink, watercolor and acetate overlay. Signed by the artist. The vignettes are quite humorous and suggestive (for the 50's).

Now for the news: Our next Saturday opening for Appointments will be Oct 17th, 10-4. Contact [email protected] for a time slot

09/03/2020

We have added Saturday, September 19th to our "open by appointment " schedule. One hour slots are available between 1000 and 1600. Email [email protected] to schedule your own private hour.

Map of North Island, New ZealandSmith, Stephenson Percyc1891; New Zealand 36.5 x 26 inches; Lithographed sectional disse...
07/10/2020

Map of North Island, New Zealand
Smith, Stephenson Percy
c1891; New Zealand
36.5 x 26 inches; Lithographed sectional dissected map
VG condition. Covers with usual wear

New Zealand General Survey Office map of New Zealand’s North Island. Covers form the Tasman sea to the South Pacific and from the Three Kings Islands to Karamea Bight. Very detailed including railroads as of 1887. Numerous coastal islands, points, bays, and other formations are depicted. A ship’s course around nearly all of North islands is indicated in manuscript, with the notation “T. W. Oliver” marked above Haurki Gulf.

07/07/2020

Sorry to report that we are fully closed again, probably until the end of July.

05/23/2020

The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla will reopen on a limited basis starting Wednesday, June10th.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, our hours will be 10 – 4 Wednesday and Thursdays. We ask you make your appointment at least 24 hours in advance by sending an email request to the following address “[email protected]”.

Appointment will be for 1 hour blocks, unless a longer period is requested. All applicable State, County & City Regulations will be adhered to.

The San Fernando Valley  California as it appeared in 1855. Original itnted lithograph from the US Pacific Railroad Surv...
05/13/2020

The San Fernando Valley California as it appeared in 1855. Original itnted lithograph from the US Pacific Railroad Survey, published by the US Government. The Railroad Survey was a series of expeditions to find the most practical route for a transcontinental rail line. The expeditions were massive undertakings and helped to map the Trans Mississippi west, while collecting scientific and geological data.

03/22/2020

Regrettably, we will be closed til further notice. Please check our web site for updates

Pacific Arena. A FORTUNE Map.  Orthographic Series II Harrison, Richard Edes 1942; New York City (publisher: TIME Magazi...
02/28/2020

Pacific Arena. A FORTUNE Map. Orthographic Series II
Harrison, Richard Edes
1942; New York City (publisher: TIME Magazine)
Pacific Arena - A Fortune Map Orthographic Series II
21 x 26 ¼ inches; offset press
Centered on the vast Pacific, some measure due north west of the Hawaiian islands, this map looks at the frontier of the war in the Pacific theatre. Color distinguishes the allies and axis, as well as regional borders. Details the many islands that will become the battlegrounds in the years to come, and includes some air routes from major destinations.
Richard Edes Harrison's innovative maps of the 1940s are critical to the history of American cartography. His techniques defied convention and created a new standard for the look and shape of the world on a map. Harrison designed the maps to be both visually appealing and politically charged, reflecting the urgency of the war while also maintaining an elegant artistic dimension

U.S.N. Ships-Bases-MenRichard Edes Harrison,1938; New York CityFORTUNE magazine, March 193813 .5 x 22.5, full color offs...
01/25/2020

U.S.N. Ships-Bases-Men
Richard Edes Harrison,
1938; New York City
FORTUNE magazine, March 1938
13 .5 x 22.5, full color offset press

An early more traditional style map by Harrison, who is considered one of the premier cartographers of the 20th Century ["Google" him !]. Outlined here is the Navy’s worldwide presence in the years preceding WW II. Of note is the relative weakness of the “Asiatic Fleet” compared with the Atlantic (though 3 of the 4 Aircraft Carriers are with the Pacific Fleet, most of which is based on the West Coast. The Navy has 597 ships, 200 of which were “Decommissioned”. 252,000 personnel were serving, almost half of which were reserves or civilians. And there were only 1.000 planes, 300 of which were assigned to Carriers. Most interesting was the depiction of a “fence” in the NW Pacific which, by “courtesy “separated the maneuvers of the Japanese and American Navies.

A "jumbo Postcard" c1946 from the Lindgren Bros.  "Jolly" Lindgren did a series of colorful pictorial maps that he calle...
12/01/2019

A "jumbo Postcard" c1946 from the Lindgren Bros. "Jolly" Lindgren did a series of colorful pictorial maps that he called "Hysterical Maps". You may better known the Lindgrens from the fact that the were the pre-eminent vendor of those car decals your folks used to put on the ol' Chevie after visiting some National Park or other site

We may be on fire out here in California, but here's how we see the rest of you. And, while I have your attention: we wi...
10/29/2019

We may be on fire out here in California, but here's how we see the rest of you. And, while I have your attention: we will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas plus the day after (12/26) and New Years plus the day after (01/02)

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08/25/2019
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An exhibition at The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin contains work by indigenous map makers from the late 1500s — and they demonstrate a very different sense of space than maps drawn by Europeans.

c 1940 Pictorial map of Taos, NM title "More or Less Inaccurate map of Taos".  Drawn by Ward Lockwood whos was an accomp...
08/19/2019

c 1940 Pictorial map of Taos, NM title "More or Less Inaccurate map of Taos". Drawn by Ward Lockwood whos was an accomplished fine artist of the Taos School. On many occasions artists would take commissions to do these sort of maps. Lockwood was a part time resident of Taos at this time approximately 13 x 13. Likely printed in Taos. Note the scale of miles is a "?" noting that "".everything is out of scale here.

c1870 S. Augustus Mitchell Map of Utah and Nevada, . 12 x 15 inches, Lithograph with hand coloring by counties. Later st...
08/01/2019

c1870 S. Augustus Mitchell Map of Utah and Nevada, . 12 x 15 inches, Lithograph with hand coloring by counties. Later style decorative border

Genkon No Kowan Bogyo Ichirei.AnonymousJapan, c1940Large color-printed Japanese strategy map on 4 sheets joined. 42 ½ x ...
07/19/2019

Genkon No Kowan Bogyo Ichirei.
Anonymous
Japan, c1940
Large color-printed Japanese strategy map on 4 sheets joined. 42 ½ x 89 1/2 inches overall, wide margins; folded; occasional small stain and strengthening to fold versos but in general very good condition.
Harbor defense training map presenting naval advancements since the time of the Battle of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904. The map illustrates maneuvers and procedures for the Japanese Navy to strike and defend against the enemy using modern (i.e. 1940) military technology and conceivably anticipates an attack on Pearl Harbor.

Edo [Tokyo}. Anonymous cartographer1850 (Kaei 3); Tokyo31 x 38 inches; Woodblock with full colorNear FineLarge color-pri...
07/13/2019

Edo [Tokyo}.
Anonymous cartographer
1850 (Kaei 3); Tokyo
31 x 38 inches; Woodblock with full color
Near Fine
Large color-printed woodblock map of Edo (Tokyo) on five sheets joined. 31x38 inches overall (including lower overlay extension); folding as issued.

1942 British Information Services map. Printed in England for distribution in the USA. Truly the sun never set on the Em...
07/12/2019

1942 British Information Services map. Printed in England for distribution in the USA. Truly the sun never set on the Empire at that time.

1860 J.H. Colton map of IOWA. Ex-atlas, 13 x 16 inches, steel-plate engraving with original hand color. Note the lack of...
06/22/2019

1860 J.H. Colton map of IOWA. Ex-atlas, 13 x 16 inches, steel-plate engraving with original hand color. Note the lack of settlement in the NW tier of counties. One...Buncome in the extreme NW...will later be re-named Lyon. Colton was one of thre "Big 3" map publishers in the mid-19th century

Where We Grow our Trees1942(45)Associated America Artists, NY15 x 21; offset pressBird's-eye view pictorial map of the U...
06/17/2019

Where We Grow our Trees
1942(45)
Associated America Artists, NY
15 x 21; offset press

Bird's-eye view pictorial map of the United States with parts of Canada and Mexico by Miguel Covarrubias. Decorative cartouche features an American eagle shield surmounted by a ribbon banner with the title of the map. Shows natural features, mountain ranges, trees, agricultural products, industry, plane, ships and boats, fishes in the oceans, flowers and domestic animals of various regions such as a crab in Maryland, a flamingo in Florida, and cacti in the desert Southwest. Skyscrapers of the big cities and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty are shown. A Canadian Mounty, Native Americans and cowboys are depicted in the regions they are associated with.
This was included in a portfolio of American artists. Text verso refers to the next print in the collection

Japanese World Map from Showa 18 (1943). Very large format WW II map at 40 x 60 inches.
05/30/2019

Japanese World Map from Showa 18 (1943). Very large format WW II map at 40 x 60 inches.

"THE UNITED STATES. The Land and its People" 1958 pictorial map done in support of the American  Pavillion  at the Bruss...
05/18/2019

"THE UNITED STATES. The Land and its People" 1958 pictorial map done in support of the American Pavillion at the Brussels Exhibition. Colorpress. Drawn by the American artist Mary Ronin and printed in the Netherlands The text is in English, French and Flemish (the latter 2 reflecting the linguistic makeup of Belgium which also includes a small German speaking citizentry). A rather timely piece in todays political landscape; indeed it celebrates immigration

1982 Disneyland Park Map, This is one of the Series 3 Maps with a brown border and the return of the various vignette fi...
05/06/2019

1982 Disneyland Park Map, This is one of the Series 3 Maps with a brown border and the return of the various vignette figures in the border,. But the Disneyland hotel is absent. Done under the auspices of Sam McKim

04/22/2019

Here's a very thoughtful letter...quoted in part... from a recent visitor:

I was in LaJolla last week for a conference of independent college presidents and found your museum.

As a lifelong student, I am always eager to search out special museums whose collections preserve history, culture, and science for us. They are treasures. Such is the Map and Atlas Museum.

I simply wanted to thank you for your generosity in displaying some of your collection. While I was visiting, so were students either from a college or high school class on something of a treasure hunt. They were studying the maps and tracking down clues as they followed the assignment. You will be pleased to know that they lingered longer on the maps even after they found the answers to the assignment!


The item that has stayed with me is the Vancouver sextant. The card identifies it with Captain Cook’s second and third voyages. That navigation tool was important not only to finding one’s way, but in accurately describing Cook’s “discoveries.” If I recall, Cook’s sailing master and navigator was William Bligh. Captain Bligh, of course, navigated the longest open boat voyage in history after having been mutinied by Fletcher Christian, et alia. So, again if I have my facts straight, that sextant was an item that had been held by men whose feats of cartography and navigation are the stuff of legend. And I got to see it for myself.

So, I say again, thank you for your generosity in allowing the public to view a part of your collection. I wish my students would be as fascinated in a topic and use that fascination to explore the world, as you have.

With kind regards

Braniff International Airways. circa 1955. Plane is a DC-6
04/03/2019

Braniff International Airways. circa 1955. Plane is a DC-6

03/19/2019

Just a brief reminder the we will be closed Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28.

Title: “UAT Aeromaritime” [Africa] Cartographer:  AnonymousPublisher: “Jep & Carre”   Date: 1950-56 Type: Poster, offset...
03/12/2019

Title: “UAT Aeromaritime” [Africa]
Cartographer: Anonymous
Publisher: “Jep & Carre”
Date: 1950-56
Type: Poster, offset press
Description:
Double sided poster map of UAT (Union Aeromaritime de Transport) African routes. One side is a pictorial representation while the other is a more typical route map.
While the maker in unknown, it could well be Maurice Penard who did other poster work for UAT. Dating is based in part on the aircraft shown which is a DC-model. UAT used the DC-4 Skymaster in 1950-53 and the DC-6 in 1956 and after. This image could be either, but is likely the earlier

02/21/2019

Repairs have reached the point where we can reopen the Museum Galleries. So, we will resume regular hours (11-4) on Saturday March 2nd, 2019. Hope to see you soon!

Flooring in main gallery completed....still looking at an early March re-opening, perhaps as early as Saturday March 2nd
02/13/2019

Flooring in main gallery completed....still looking at an early March re-opening, perhaps as early as Saturday March 2nd

A lovely circa 1935 folding recreational map of San Diego City & County, Compiled & Copyrighted by Lowell E. Jones. Map ...
02/07/2019

A lovely circa 1935 folding recreational map of San Diego City & County, Compiled & Copyrighted by Lowell E. Jones. Map of San Diego on one side, and a smaller map of San Diego County on the reverse, together with a comprehensive street index, nice attractive pictorial cover, and written piece entitled San Diego then….and now from 1542 to 'today'.
The large map of the city is comprehensive and nicely detailed, with a small box legend, Points of Interest, (numbered 1-40) outlining all Civic, Historical, Military, and Recreational places of note, and a numbered key (1-32) pertaining to the Business District.
A nice keepsake of a beautiful part of southern California.

Repairs continue. Here the main gallery is almost ready for new flooring while the workroom, unfinished, remains a stora...
02/05/2019

Repairs continue. Here the main gallery is almost ready for new flooring while the workroom, unfinished, remains a storage area.

Repairs continue. We may be back in "business" by the latter part of February. Stay tuned. Meanwhile here is a pictorial...
01/30/2019

Repairs continue. We may be back in "business" by the latter part of February. Stay tuned. Meanwhile here is a pictorial map of Alaska by Ernest Dudley Chase

Work continues on repairs following the exentsive flooding in December.Here's anothe map from the collection.World Map o...
01/17/2019

Work continues on repairs following the exentsive flooding in December.Here's anothe map from the collection.

World Map on a North Polar Projection
Cartographer:Aa, Pieter Van der
Date of Creation:1713

Repairs after the flooding incident will now not be completed before February 1st. The Museum will remain closed during ...
01/11/2019

Repairs after the flooding incident will now not be completed before February 1st. The Museum will remain closed during the repairs.
Here are a couple of our recent acquisitions. The Monterey Peninsula map is c1940, while the UAT Africa is 1950.

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