Auction 139, Lot 9

"The Illustrated Atlas, and Modern History of the World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical…", Tallis, John

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1851 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 8.5 inches
33 x 21.6 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 lovely steel engraved title page from this popular nineteenth century atlas. The title is enclosed in a delicate vine border with male representations of the four continents in each corner. The large scene at center depicts the personae from Europe, Asia, and Africa, a port scene and an early railroad locomotive in the background.

References: Shirley (TP) #97A.

Condition: B+

There are a few tiny holes in the upper left portion of the sheet that have been repaired with old paper on verso.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $220

Closed on 2/15/2012