Auction 142, Lot 694

"[Lot of 2] Cape Colony [and] Natal and Kaffraria", Tallis, John

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

14 x 9.8 inches
35.6 x 24.9 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. Cape Colony. Detailed map surrounded in a decorative border including vignettes of the Entrance to the Knysna, Grahams Town, Cape Town, three natives in traditional dress and a lion. Geographically correct for the period with numerous place names.

B. Natal and Kaffraria. Covers the region from Fredricksburg to Delagoa Bay. Finely engraved border and large vignettes of Port Natal and Town of Durban and the Entrance to Port Natal. A nice example with uncolored vignettes and borders, as issued.

References: Norwich #237.

Condition: B+

Original outline color with a few small spots in the images and minor soiling primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $130

Closed on 11/28/2012