Auction 144, Lot 206

"British Possessions in the Mediterranean", Tallis, John

Subject: Mediterranean

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 13.5 inches
24.9 x 34.3 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 Rapin 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.

Finely engraved sheet with several maps of Mediterranean islands, including Corfu, Gibraltar, Malta, Gozo, and the Ionian Islands. There are also six lovely vignettes, including Gibraltar, Valetta, Ithaca, Corfu and two ships. The illustrations are drawn and engraved by H. Winkles, and the map is by J. Rapkin.


Condition: A

Original color with light toning along sheet edges and a couple of very minor spots.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $80

Closed on 4/3/2013