Auction 126, Lot 407

"[Lot of 3] Chili and La Plata [with] Peru & Bolivia [and] British Guyana", Tallis, John

Subject: South America

Period: 1860 (circa)


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 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.

1) Chili and La Plata includes five vignettes of Travelling Post, The Gobernador, Water Seller of Buenos Ayres, a rattlesnake, and the Grand Square in Buenos Ayres. There are some stains in the map (B).

2) Peru & Bolivia features good detail and four beautifully engraved vignettes of Swimming Couriers of Peru, Tarija, Potosi, and Lima. (A)

3) British Guyana includes the national seal and vignettes of Georgetown, Ataraipu or the Devil's Rock, New Amsterdam, and Christmas Cataract, River Berbice. There is some toning and a couple of large chips in the bottom margin, that could be covered by matting. The centerfold and a tear into the left border has been repaired with archival tape. (C+).



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Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $130

Closed on 12/3/2008