MAP PUZZLE. Italia; Africa; Asia; Europa; America Settentrionale; America Meridionale.
A carefully preserved, fairly complex map puzzle in its original box. It consists of twenty wooden cubes with coloured printed paper atlas sections on all six sides of each cube. Provided as guides or correction, are six loose sheets with rectos completely filled with detailed maps: Italia; Africa; Asia; Europa; America Settentrionale; America Meridionale. The sheet for Italia is the box cover paste-down. Giovanni Battista Paravia’s publishing house began in 1802 and continued throughout the 19th century under various management, as G.B. Paravia. From its early focus on religious and scholastic texts, and spurred by Italian Unification, Paravia developed interests in educational material and maps, globes, and, eventually, atlases, dictionaries, and children’s books. A map puzzle such as this exemplifies the firm’s dedication to a unified Italian education system. This is not for young children, but for more mature students and adults. It was published before WWII; in 1920, the firm’s name changed to Societa Anomina G.B. Paravia e C. Most uncommon.
Original paper covered wooden box with original brass closure. The sheet map for Italia is pasted down to upper cover of box, as issued and bordered in darkened gold paper or thread lacking less than 3 cm.; some minor edgewear, with just a bit of wood exposed on one bottom box corner; light to moderate foxing overall. Internally there are twenty wooden cubes with portions of paper maps printed on all fsix sides, mild foxing, occasional bit of bubbling, very infrequent bits of wood exposed on cubes. The plain cream paper lining of the box is moderately foxed. In all, well preserved.
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