Auction 139, Lot 653

"Malay Archipelago, or East India Islands", Tallis, John

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: The Illustrated Atlas…

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.

A handsome and decorative steel-engraved map covering all of the Indonesian Archipelago. Features three engraved vignettes; Victoria Mount, New Guinea with a large indigenous sailing craft in foreground, Natives of New Guinea and the Bee Bear. The map extends to include Siam and Cochin China, Cambodia, Singapore, Formosa and northern Australia. Surrounded by a delicately engraved decorative border.


Condition: A

Original outline color with a hint of toning in the blank margins, else fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/15/2012