Auction 126, Lot 53

"[Lot of 2] A Comparative View of the Principal Waterfalls, Islands, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains, in the Western Hemisphere [and] A Comparative View of the Principal Waterfalls, Islands, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains, in the Eastern Hemisphere", Tallis, John

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 14 inches
23.6 x 35.6 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.

A charming pair of engraved thematic maps show the lakes, waterfalls, islands, rivers and mountains in separate panels. Both of the panels have the same scale, making a visual comparison of the hemispheres quite simple. Fancy borders and titling.


Condition: A

Near fine pair with some marginal toning at edges. Both have very nice engraved lines and well applied full color. Tdecorative borders are uncolored.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $170

Closed on 12/3/2008