Auction 127, Lot 710

"China and Birmah", Tallis, John

Subject: China

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: China, its Scenery, Architecture, Social Habits &c. Illustrated

Color: Hand Color

12.8 x 10 inches
32.5 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.

A most decorative map from this uncommon publication by Tallis. The detailed map of the region also names many locations on Taiwan (Formosa). The very attractive steel engraved vignettes include British Factories - Canton, Hong Kong, a pagoda, Chinese Soldiers, and two showing native costumes. It is further embellished with a decorative border and title included in a cartouche at top center of the border.


Condition: A

A cleaned example with outline coloring. Wider margins than normally seen on Tallis' maps. Some centerfold repairs, expertly accomplished on verso.

Estimate: $150 - $190

Sold for: $160

Closed on 2/25/2009