Rare pictorial map centered on the Mediterranean Sea, showing the world at the time of the Roman Empire, with place names in Latin.
The map was produced for educational purposes to accompany a series of Latin textbooks published by Silver Burdett & Company.
The map is embellished with Art Deco illustrations of warriors, charioteers and ships, along with figures from mythology such as Jason, Hercules and Phaeton. Beneath the title is an inset map of the city of Rome.
William L. Longyear studied at the Art Students League, Columbia University and the Pratt Institute.
Longyear worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in New York and as an illustrator at Fortune magazine. He also designed board games and authored a number of textbooks on advertising design and typography.
By 1940, Longyear was on the faculty at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Advertising Design and as Associate Dean. There is currently a scholarship for design students at Pratt named in his honor.