EARLY AUTOMOBILE MAP OF NORMANDY WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF 19TH & EARLY 20TH CENTURY AUTOS BY DE DION-BOUTON
DE DION-BOUTON / BARREAU, J. / DUFRENOY
Carte Routiere de Dion-Bouton. Normandie. Paris: Imp. Dufrenoy
33 1/2” x 40”. Color lithograph. Dissected and mounted on linen. Fine condition.
This two-sided traveling aide was published by the French automobile manufaturer, de Dion-Bouton, for the use of owners of their autos. On one side is an extremely detailed and handsome road map of eastern Normandie, ornamented in the Art Nouveau style. On the other side are panels that contain illustrations of the company’s various automobiles (steam, gas, and electric), mechanical descriptions, a list of repair shops in the various Norman towns, and information on amenities such as hotels. De Dion-Bouton was a successful French automobile manufacturer at the beginning of the 20th century . The company was founded by Albert de Dion and Georges Bouton , who began building steam-powered automobiles in 1882 . These vehicles used an innovative de Dion tube semi-independent suspension rear axle, which was later used by other manufacturers. The company began producing a small single-cylinder gasoline-powered automobile in 1895 , the petite voiture . The company soon began producing engines and licenses for other automobile companies. de Dion engines would go on to be used by more than 150 other companies. In 1900 , de Dion-Bouton was the largest automobile manufacturer in the world. The company produced 400 cars and 3200 engines that year. The company became the first with a mass-produced V8 engine, a 35 hp unit in 1910 .
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Inventory No. 7215