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Auction 126, Lot 452

"Europe", Tallis, John

Subject: Europe

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

12.5 x 9.5 inches
31.8 x 24.1 cm
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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.

Finely engraved steel plate map surrounded with vignettes and decorative border. Map extends to the Ural Mountains in Russia and includes Iceland, all of Scandinavia, and the Black and the Caspian Seas and Caucasus region. The well rendered vignettes include Seal Hunting, Lapland Travellers (reindeer), Russian Travellers, Arab & Camel, and the Slave Market. The decorative border and vignettes are uncolored, as issued.


Condition: B+

Fine color and nice impression with full margins. Two short marginal tears at bottom along centerfold and centerfold split expertly repaired on verso.

Estimate: $120 - $160

Sold for: $95

Closed on 12/3/2008