Country Living Appraises A 1952 Literary Map: What Is It Worth?

04/22/2013 08:35 am ET

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"I bought this map, packed with details about American authors, for $10 at a yard sale. I got a deal, right?" -- G.T., Matthews, North Carolina

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1952 Literary Map

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You sure did! Titled "A Pictorial Map Depicting the Literary Development of the United States," this poster charts of the hometowns of various authors (such as William Faulkner and Margaret Mitchell) and the settings of classic tales, like Monterey, California, from John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat. The postwar era saw a huge surge in maps celebrating American culture. In the 1940s, educational publisher Denoyer-Geppert of Chicago hired Henry John Firley, a local high school teacher, who produced dozens of literary maps, including this one. Originally, the artwork was mounted on a spring roller and used as a pull-down classroom aid: as is, it still claims 50 times your purchase price.

What's It Worth: $500

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