Rare First State of Jo Mora's whimsical view of Yellowstone National Park.
First state of Jo Mora's rare map of Yellowstone. The rights to the map were assigned to J.E. Haynes, the proprietor of the Haynes Stores in Yellowstone, in 1935, and re-issued with a revised date at the top right.
Humorous uncolored pictorial map, with illustrations in borders and compass rose in the lower center. Includes dedication note: "This carte is cordially dedicated to Horace M. Albright, Director U.S. National Park Service ..." It shows many humorous scenes, tourist attractions and activities common at the time in the park. Shows railroads, roads, trails, and many landmarks. Relief shown pictorially and by spot heights.
The map is scarce on the market. This is the first example of the first state we have offered for sale.
Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora, born 22 October 1876 in Uruguay, died 10 October 1947 in Monterey California. Mora came to the United States as a child, he studied art in New York, then worked for Boston newspapers as a cartoonist. He was a man of many other talents, artist-historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author. In 1903, Mora came to California, then in 1904 he moved to Keams Canyon in northeast Arizona, living with the Hopi and Navajo Indians. He learned their languages and photographed and painted an ethnological record, particularly of the Kachina ceremonial dances. In 1907, he married Grace Needham and they moved to Mountain View, California. He moved to Pebble Beach in 1922 and established a home and large studio there, it being near the Carmel Mission (San Carlos Borroméo De Carmelo Mission) after being commissioned to do the Serra Sarcophagus* for Padre (Father) Ramon Mestres.
During his long and productive career, Mora illustrated a number of books including Animals of Aesop (1900), Dawn and the Dons - The Romance of Monterey (1926), Benito and Loreta Delfin, Children of Alta California (1932), and Fifty Funny Animal Tales (1932). He authored three books, A Log of the Spanish Main (1933), Trail Dust and Saddle Leather (1946) and his posthumous publication, Californios (1949).
His map work included Monterey Peninsula (1927), and Seventeen Mile Drive (1927), California (1927), San Diego (1928), Grand Canyon (1931), Yosemite (1931), Yellowstone (1936), Carmel-By-The-Sea (1942), California (1945) (large and small versions), and Map of Los Angeles (1942).