The Classical World Art Deco Pictorial Map
Designed by William L. Longyear

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Classical World Pictorial Map
Inset map of Rome and title

Detail of title and inset map of Rome

Detail of Hercules illustration Detail of ship on map Detail of Classical World map
William L. Longyear (b. 1899) (designer)
The Classical World
Silver Burdett and Co.: c. 1930s
Offset lithograph on paper
19 x 25 inches, printed border
21.5 x 27.5 inches, overall
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Pictorial map centered on the Mediterranean Sea, showing “the Classical World” of the era of the Roman Empire, with place names in Latin. The map was apparently produced for educational purposes to accompany a series of Latin textbooks. It is illustrated with Art Deco illustrations of warriors, charioteers and ships, along with figures from Greco-Roman mythology such as Jason, Hercules and Phaeton. Beneath the title is an inset map of the city of Rome. The land is colored orange and tan and bodies of water are in blue. A decorative border surrounds the map.

William L. Longyear was an illustrator, designer, author and professor. Born in Manhasset, New York, he studied at the Art Students League, Columbia University and the Pratt Institute. He worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in New York and as an illustrator at Fortune magazine. He also designed board games and authored several books beginning in the 1930s, most of them textbooks on advertising design and typography; some of his books remained in print into the 1960s. By 1940, Longyear was on the faculty at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Advertising Design and as Associate Dean. Today there is an endowed scholarship for design students at Pratt named in his honor.

Silver Burdett and Co. is an American publisher that began publishing textbooks in the 19th century. Today it is part of Viacom.

Full title: The Classical World as found in Latin First Year and Latin Second Year of the Climax Series published by Silver Burdett and Co.


Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 378.

“Graduate Grants, Scholarships, Loans and Awards.” Pratt Institute. p. 4. Online at (25 July 2008).