“Tunison’s France.” Wax engraving. Jacksonville, Illinois: H.C. Tunison, 1889. Original color. 12 x 9 3/4. Very good condition.
A handsome map of France from Tunison’s Peerless Universal Atlas. With the development of wax engraving (cerography), more maps and atlases were able to be produced in cities beyond the major centers of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Henry C. Tunison issued a series of fine atlases beginning in 1885 and lasting into the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a nice example of his output, showing France at an important and turbulent period of its history. In the 1880s, France was torn apart by economic depressions, war reparations from the Franco-Prussian War, political crises like the Boulangist Movement and the Dreyfus affair. An interesting and colorful map of France at an important time.