1931 The Island of Kauai
By: Ruth Taylor White
Date: 1931 (Published) Boston
Dimensions: 11.2 x 14.5 inches (28.4 cm x 36.8 cm)
This vibrantly colored and decorative pictorial map was issued by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau. Drawn by Ruth Taylor White, one of the most famous pictograph artists of the period. It is done in a whimsical, humorous style reminiscent of the imaginative works of Jo Mora, of the same era. The island is peopled with cartoonish characters who symbolize the various industries, agricultural enterprises, leisure activities, sports, etc., which are available on the island. The unusual terrain of the island is depicted pictorially, and includes canyons, beaches, volcanos and Mt. Waialeale, which is labeled as ‘the wettest spot on earth’. Animals are depicted in humorous fashion, with the sounds of each often printed alongside. Flora and fauna abound.
A cartouche beneath the title contains the author’s sentiments regarding Kauai: “This Cartograph is lined and colored to the fun I found on the ‘Garden Isle’ Kauai, some 100 miles from Honolulu…. An hour by plane, a night by boat. I found this (as did Captain Cook)…. A treasure-island. And you’ll agree if you will drive the 40 miles or so that circle north and south to the majestic barrier of Na Pali cliffs that divide the Barking Sands from Haena Caves.”
Condition: This map is in B+ condition with minimal loss of coloring in a few areas.
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