Auction 126, Lot 490

"Ireland", Tallis, John

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 11.8 inches
21.6 x 30 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.

This is a delicately engraved map of Ireland showing excellent detail of the provinces, towns and cities as well as topography. The map is surrounded by lovely vignettes of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Limerick Castle, one of Ireland's Holy Wells, Ross Castle on the Lake of Killarney, and the Round Tower in Wicklow. The beautifully engraved border is comprised of shamrocks, with a harp entwined in shamrocks at the bottom. A lovely example.


Condition: A

Fine original outline color on a sheet with full margins that are wider than normally found on Tallis' maps. The vignettes are in original unadulterated b&w state. Centerfold split expertly and invisibly repaired on verso. A near fine example.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/3/2008