Auction 139, Lot 660

"[Lot of 2] Northern India [and] Southern India", Tallis, John

Subject: India & Sri Lanka

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

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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.

This is a nice pair of matched maps that show all of India, with numerous engraved vignettes and surrounded by fancy borders. The northern map (12.5 x 9.7") includes Nepal, Sikhim and Bhutan with vignettes surrounding the map including: Tiger Hunt; Ruins, Old Delhi; Car of Juggernaut, The British Residency, Hyderabad, and Seal of the Indian Company. The southern map (9.2 x 12.5") details eastern and southern India and Sri Lanka and is surrounded by vignettes including Shuhur Jeypoor, Tomb of Sultan Mahomed Shah at Bejapoor, and the Government House at Calcutta.


Condition: A

Original outline color with ample margins.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/15/2012