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Auction 118, Lot 940

"The Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World…", Tallis, John

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1857 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11 x 14.8 inches
27.9 x 37.6 cm

This scarce and very desirable folio atlas is one of the last "decorative type" atlases to be published. Sometimes called the "Tallis Atlas", this complete example contains 81 maps, 2 charts and related text pages interspersed throughout. Each of the steel plate engraved maps feature at least one engraved vignette, many with two or more, and help to make this a truly beautiful atlas. The maps are in original outline color and the vignettes and borders are uncolored, as issued. This is a later version, probably 1857, which features a double page, uncolored view of Liverpool in the frontis. The Mexico, California and Texas map is the Gold Rush version with the added vignette titled "Gold Washing" and the gold region of California identified with yellow hand color along the Rivers Sacramento and San Joaquin. All of the maps were drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, while the surrounding vignettes were drawn by other artists and engravers. Contemporary half black calf, brown cloth boards. Gilt title on ribbed spine. All maps are present but not in the order listed. Engraved title page, 8 page index/gazetteer, unpaginated but approximately 83 interspersed pages of text, 80 single page maps in original outline color, 84 steel plate engravings, 2 page Comparative View of Waterfalls, Islands, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains Separated into Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Edited by R. Montgomery Martin. A fine, complete atlas that will be a real star after professional attention to binding.


Condition: A

Maps are mostly fine to very good with just a few good due to small stain or light foxing. All pages are evenly and pleasantly ivory age toned. Free endpapers, flyleaves and last text page creased. Some notations in pencil inside front cover. Covers show typical wear with rubbing and wear to cloth. Front cover partially detached.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,000

Sold for: $5,500

Closed on 3/6/2007