Humbead’s Revised Map of the World (1970)

The Great Humbead [aka Earl Crabb] and [Rick] Shubb, HUMBEAD’S REVISED MAP OF THE WORLD WITH LIST OF POPULATION. Berkeley: Humbead Enterprises, 1970.
Separately-issued broadside map printed in color halftone, 21”h x 16”w at neat line. Excellent condition.

A justly-iconic product of the late-60s, Humbead’s Revised Map distills the world to its essentials, or at least to the places and people most “top of mind” for the American counterculture.  

The map depicts the world as consolidated in a single, psychedelic Pangaea comprising Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City and Cambridge, with small territories allotted to Africa, Boston, Nashville and Southeast Asia (the last a political statement in an otherwise apolitical image). Speckling the supercontinent are locations with contercultural significance including for example Golden Gate Park, Fillmore East and West, and Washington Square Park. The compass rose features the four cardinal directions of up, down, left and right. Twin scrolls flanking the map bear more than a thousand names, including leading cultural lights such as Johnny Cash and David Crosby to Günter Grass and Hugh Hefner, along with many hundreds of figures known to the mapmakers. Surrounding the whole is a psychedelic border populated by fantastical creatures.

This is an entirely new edition of a similarly-titled map issued in 1968 and again in 1969 with minor changes. Both editions were the product of a collaboration between computer programming pioneer Earl Crabb, who is said to have sketched his original idea for the map on a napkin or similar scrap, and musician and graphic artist Rick Shubb. The first edition received an enthusiastic review from the Berkeley Barb, which is quoted in almost every discussion of the map.

“Certainly the most astonishing document to come from the underground presses is Humbead’s Revised Map of the World With List of Population. It provides the independent verification of the fallacy of space, and that pernicious reasoning that makes New York and Berkeley seem far apart on normal maps. Everyone knows that what’s important is people, not distances, and now for the first time we have a map recognizing this.” (Berkeley Barb, March 1-7, 1968, cited Aug. 23, 2021 at “Humbead’s Revised Map of the World (With List of Population)” on

Once upon a time Rick Shubb’s web site had a long reminiscence on the origins of Humbead’s Revised Map, but as of this writing the link is dead. Fortunately it is quoted at some length on the web site of my colleague Rod Barron. A more conceptual discussion, though perhaps overly focused on the folk-music angle, may be found at “Revising Humbead’s Revised Map of the World”, on the web site of cultural commentator Michael J. Kramer.

In all, an iconic and imaginative map reflecting the “out of the box” thinking of the Sixties and early Seventies counterculture.

OCLC 1119556719 gives three library holdings as of June 2022.