Auction 124, Lot 40

"[Lot of 2] A Comparative View of Waterfalls, Islands, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains in the Western Hemisphere [and] A Comparative View of Waterfalls, Islands, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains in the Eastern Hemisphere.", Tallis, John

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1860 (circa)

Publication: The Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 14 inches
24.1 x 35.6 cm

The maps from The Illustrated Atlas were first published in serial form to a target audience that led insular lives due to the expense and hardship of travel. All that changed as the progress of the nineteenth century brought swift and dramatic changes in public awareness of far away places. Tallis' maps no doubt played an important role in this dramatic awakening. These maps not only provided up-to-date geographical knowledge, but also used vignette views within the map's design to show the native people and their occupations, cities and points of interest. The maps hark back to a cartographic tradition from the Dutch mapmakers of the seventeenth century with finely engraved decorative borders. The maps were drawn and engraved by John Rapin with views drawn and engraved by a number of prominent artists. The maps were issued as a complete volume from 1851 until about 1865. Some of the maps were also published in other history books published by Tallis including British Colonies and, without the vignettes, in geographical dictionaries and encyclopedias until about 1880.

A charming pair of thematic maps showing the major topographical landmarks of both hemispheres grouped together for easy reference in a well-designed composition, designed and engraved by John Rapkin. The waterfalls are located at the top, the islands and lakes are located in the middle, and the rivers and mountains are grouped at the bottom. A finely wrought border surrounds the maps.


Condition: A

A sound pair of sheets with minor marginal toning and one or two tiny spots of foxing.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/7/2008