Auction 125, Lot 418

"[Lot of 2] Falkland Islands and Patagonia [and] Chili and La Plata", Tallis, John

Subject: South America - Southern

Period: 1860 (circa)

Publication: The Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 13 inches
24.9 x 33 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 Rapkin 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.

Falkland Islands and Patagonia has two maps within one decorative border. The map of the Falklands is very detailed and is surrounded by finely rendered engravings of penguins, sea birds and tall sailing ships anchored off Jason Island. The map of Patagonia has good detail along coastline, but little in the interior. It has a large vignette of Christmas Sound in Tierra del Fuego with clippers under sail plus a small vignette of Fugeans in a boat.

Chili and La Plata has similar detail and includes five vignettes of Travelling Post, The Gobernador, Water Seller of Buenos Ayres, a rattlesnake, and the Grand Square in Buenos Ayres.


Condition: A

Original outline color.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 9/24/2008