The rare first state of Jo Mora's marvelous map of California, the first example of this famous artist's marvelous whimsical "Topographic Cartes."
His map work included this map of California, first version (1927), Grand Canyon (1931), Yosemite (1931), Yellowstone (1936), Carmel-By-The-Sea (1942), California (1945) (large and small versions), Map of Los Angeles (1942), Monterey Peninsula (date unknown), and Seventeen Mile Drive (date unknown).
Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora, born 22 October 1876 in Uruguay, died 10 October 1947 in Monterey California. Jo 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 including artist-historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author. All of his maps are highly prized by collectors.