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Lot 44: HANS THONI (1906-1980). SWITZERLAND. 1937. 39x49 inches, 101x125 cm. Wolfsberg, Zurich.
November 8, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
HANS THONI (1906-1980) SWITZERLAND. 1937.
39 3/4x49 3/4 inches, 101x125 cm. Wolfsberg, Zurich.
Condition A: restoration along top left edge.
A endearing, stylish map of the Cantons, railway routes, sports, leisure activities and ethnic charm of Switzerland. Originally designed by Thoni in 1935, this English version was reprinted in 1937, and the more common German version was printed two years later in 1939. Thoni studied at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich and trained for four years in Paris before settling in Berne. He was an illustrator, stamp and exhibition designer and a founding member of the VSG (Verbandes Schweizerische Graphiker).