Auction 139, Lot 46

"The World on Mercators Projection Shewing the Voyages of Captain Cook Round the World", Tallis, John

Subject: World

Period: 1851 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 9.5 inches
33 x 24.1 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 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.

Steel engraved world map produced to celebrate the incomparable explorations by Captain James Cook. The complete path of the three voyages throughout the world are shown by different style engraved lines with dates. A well rendered vignette of Cook's ship Endeavour is featured at bottom. Decorative border with a vignette of native weapons.


Condition: B+

Wide margins compared to most Tallis maps with light toning along centerfold and archivally repaired short centerfold separations in top and bottom blank margins. There is also a tiny repaired tear in blank margin just above title.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/15/2012