A map of Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, which we now call the Hawaiian Islands.

A map of Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, which we now call the Hawaiian Islands.



Published 1927, New York

Size: 26.75" X 35"


A fantastic map from the “golden age” of pictorial cartography designed by the Canadian born artist, Alexander Samuel MacLeod and published by Henry M. Snyder of New York. Included with this map is an extremely rare envelope that the map was originally shipped with.
MacLeod’s map is surrounded by vignettes depicting historical scenes including the   death scene of the celebrated cartographer and explorer, Captain James Cook.  The vignettes also includes images of the islands culture, flora and fauna.  Also depicted are insets of The Palace Square, the Schofield Barracks, and a general view of the Hawaiian Islands.
Although this is MacLeod’s only known cartographic work, he was a well known artist who’s work of Hawaiian landscapes and native population is now held by such institutions as The California State Library, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Macleod’s familiarity with the Hawaiian Islands and its history can be attributed to his decision to move to Oahu in the early 1920s where he worked for such publications as The Paradise of the Pacific, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin and eventually as the director of the graphic art department of the United States Army in the Pacific.
As is the case with pictorial maps in general, the imagery is often associated with leisure and pleasure, yet providing important historical information to the viewer without regards to cartographic precision.