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Auction 132, Lot 433

"Prussia", Tallis, John

Subject: Europe - Northern

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

12.8 x 10 inches
32.5 x 25.4 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.

Lovely map of the region with delicately engraved vignettes drawn by J. Salmon and engraved by S. Fisher. The map is centered on Berlin and extends to include Rhine Prussia and Westphalia in the west and to East Prussia resting against the Russian Empire. The vignettes show the French Church in Berlin, view of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate, the Royal Palace and a full-length portrait of a seated Frederick the Great. Surrounded by a delicately engraved and decorative border.


Condition: A+

Original outline color.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 6/2/2010