Leen Helmink Antique Maps & Atlases


Henri Wattinne

Certificate of Authentication

This is to certify that the item illustrated and described below is a genuine antique
map, print or book that was first produced and published in 1937, today 87 years ago.
February 23, 2024

Dr Leendert Helmink, Ph.D.

Henri Wattinne

First Published

Roubaix, 1937

This edition

1937 first and only edition


56.5 x 75.5 cms


Copper engraving

Stock number




Antique map of World by Henri Wattinne
Antique map of World by Henri Wattinne


Unrecorded large antique French poster or advertisement about the year 1936-1937, showcasing the wool production and export details of Australasia.

Antique broadsheet map of the world detailing the wool production and exports of Australia and New Zealand, with detailed comparison to the rest of the wold.

The top section has a banner that reads "1936 VENTES TOTALES D'AUSTRALASIE 1937," indicating the total sales or production of wool for those years.

Below this, there are illustrations of various sheep with different statistics beneath each one. The names of Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane are listed, as well as Tasmania and New Zealand ("TASMANIE" and "N[OUVE]LLE ZELANDE").

The middle section showcases "EXPORTATIONS" and depicts a map of Australia and surrounding regions. It illustrates shipping routes and lists various countries, including England ("ANGLETERRE"), France, Germany ("ALLEMAGNE"), Belgium ("BELGIQUE"), and others. Next to each country's name, there are specific numbers indicating the number of wool bales exported.

The lower portion of the image mentions "PRODUCTION LAINIERE MONDIALE" or global wool production, showing that Australia is responsible for 34%. There's a table indicating the total general production in bales, with percentages assigned to different continents like North America ("AMERIQUE DU NORD"), South America ("AMERIQUE DU SUD"), and Africa ("AFRIQUE").

At the very bottom, the name "HENRI WATINNE. ROUBAIX" is prominently displayed, which might be the producer or distributor of the wool or possibly the creator of the poster.

The overall design has a vintage aesthetic with detailed illustrations and a warm color palette.