Counterattack. CHAPIN Jr., obert, acfarlane.
Dramatic Battle of the Bulge Counterattack Poster
World War II/ Cartographic Propaganda.
[New York:, Time, Inc., January 1, 1945 [but a bit later.]]


42 ½ x 20 ½ inches, Offset print in black and red. Bit of fold wear, else excellent.

This very scarce poster boldly illustrates the relatively quick recovery and counterattack of American and British forces in response to the astonishing German offensive through the Ardennes Forest, known at the Battle of the Bulge.  Prominently shown are some of the storied locales of the battle--Bastogne, Malmedy, Eindhoven and Nijmegen.  The poster is an enlarged version of a map that originally appeared in the January 1, 1945 issue of Time Magazine.  It is apparently rare in this large format: OCLC lists four institutional copies, and there are none in map market records.

Chapin, who was with Time from 1933 to 1970, was a pioneer in the use of maps in magazine illustration.  "American cartographer Robert M. Chapin Jr. revolutionized journalistic cartography with his innovative technique of adding visual information to the maps… 'I try to dramatize the news of the week, [Chapin has said] not just produce a reference map like those in an atlas'…Chapin’s journalistic cartography became world renowned because of the rigorous geographical details of his maps, and it was (and still is) regularly used as reference material by the American National Library, NASA, the Army andthe Navy, as well as by foreign governments, American and international schools and history book publishers."

Elson, R. T. TIME: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Influential Magazine (Beaux Arts Editions). 




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