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By: John Tallis
Date: 1850 (circa)
Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World
Condition Code: B+
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Color: hand color
Size: 13.4 x 10.1 inches
34.1 x 25.7 cm
A lovely pair of finely rendered hemispheric maps that are some of the most decorative maps produced in the 19th Century. Both maps were engraved by J. Rapkin and show a circular hemisphere completely surrounded by vignettes drawn by H. Warren, featuring whales, natives, and indigenous animals, with a fancy vine-style border.
The western map extends to include New Zealand and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, and the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic. Alaska is Russian America, New California occupies all the west coast with the Baja called California, and the coast of Antarctica is partially defined. The eastern map includes major cities, topography and watershed. The "Mail Route" for the British Empire is shown and identified in a key near the South Pole; it extends from Britain through the Mediterranean Sea, over land to the Red Sea, across the Arabian Sea to Calcutta, through the East Indies and around Australia with stops in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart (Tasmania) and Sydney.
Condition Description: Both maps feature original outline color with minor soiling and faint toning along the centerfold. The western map has one small hole near the North Pole.