Auction 124, Lot 711

"Polynesia, or Islands in the Pacific Ocean", Tallis, John

Subject: Pacific Islands

Period: 1851 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.8 x 10.3 inches
35.1 x 26.2 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.

Very detailed map covering the South Pacific Ocean from the east coast of Australia to California. Scores of islands are located, including tiny islands and shoals. A delicately engraved border surrounds the map, with vignettes of Kalakakooa - Sandwich Islands, Otaheiti, Harbour of Dory - New Guinea, and Resolution Bay - Marguesas.


Condition: A

Original outline color. A short, repaired tear in the upper margin just touches the border.

Estimate: $120 - $160

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/7/2008