Chicago: Denoyer-Geppert Company, [n.d., ca. 1928]. First edition of catalogue no. 6. This issue not recorded in OCLC. Richly illustrated on almost every page with hundreds of figures. Also with over two dozen color-printed illustrations of scientific and medical educational tools (maps and globes, “history pictures,” anatomical and biological models, botanical charts, and more). With removable yellow card paper order form bound in. A bright, near-fine copy of this rare catalogue of advanced educational and scientific tools. Beige paper wrappers attractively printed in yellow, blue, and black with illustrations of the globe, Grecian columns, and scientific tools like compasses and biological specimens. Quarto. 96 pp. Item #16971
The Denoyer-Geppert Company, later the Denoyer-Geppert Science Company, was established in 1916 by Otto E. Geppert and L. Philip Denoyer as a source for high-quality equipment for science and history classrooms. The company eventually became the leading distributor of anatomical models for advanced classroom and laboratory use, but their initial specializations were globes and maps.
Made in Chicago Museum: “‘A map is the visual symbol of something too big for the eye to encompass,’ Otto E. Geppert wrote in a 1942 issue of The Rotarian. ‘Perhaps it is even more than that. When you think of England or of Italy or of Australia, do you not think first of its shape upon the map? …A map is a potent educative tool.’ Geppert…was writing at a time when demand for maps and globes was at an all-time high — smack in the middle of World War II…People wanted to understand the full scope of the Pacific Theater, and what borders were being defended in Europe. They wanted a sense of how far away their boys were, and how close the enemy might be lurking. ‘Global war calls for global minds,’ Geppert added, ‘and they, in turn, call for global maps.’”.