Auction 126, Lot 669

"Asia", Tallis, John

Subject: Asia

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

12.5 x 10 inches
31.8 x 25.4 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 delicately engraved map of Asia shows excellent detail of the provinces, towns and cities as well as topography. The five beautifully rendered vignettes include Tartars, Russian Peasants, The Walrus, Petra, and Sun Birds of India and the Philippine Isles. The vignettes have not been adulterated with modern coloring and are as issued in the uncolored state. A beautiful example of this steel engraved map.


Condition: A+

Beautiful impression, fine coloring and clean paper.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 12/3/2008