Auction 126, Lot 38

"[Lot of 2] Western Hemisphere [and] Eastern Hemisphere", Tallis, John

Subject: World, Texas

Period: 1844 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 9.5 inches
33.8 x 24.1 cm

A lovely pair of finely rendered hemispheric maps that are some of the most decorative maps produced in the 19th Century. Both maps show a circular hemisphere completely surrounded by vignettes by 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, Texas is the Independent Republic, and the coast of Antarctica is somewhat defined.

The eastern map is outlined by continent and includes major cities, topography and watershed. The "Mail Route" for the British Empire is shown in blue; it extends from Britain through the Mediterranean Sea, overland 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: B+

The coloring is original: fine outline color in map without any modern coloring added to vignettes and borders. Close trimmed at top and bottom as these maps are often found. Paper laid in at bottom edge of both and in upper right corner of Western. No loss to map image except Western sheet where just the tip of the lower right border is affected.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/3/2008