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Auction 146, Lot 571

"The Crimea", Tallis, John

Subject: Crimea, Ukraine

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

13.2 x 9.9 inches
33.5 x 25.1 cm
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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 steel engraved map shows great detail of the Crimean Peninsula just prior to the time of the Crimean War (1853-1856), which was a battle between the Russian Empire and several European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire. The map includes a large inset of "Sebastopol before its investment by the Allies," and four vignettes: Sebastopol, Eupatoria, Banks of the Alma, and Balaklava Harbour. Surrounded by delicately engraved borders, the map was drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, with the beautifully engraved vignettes by H. Winkles.


Condition: B+

Some light toning along the centerfold with light soiling and one tiny pin hole in the image that is only noticeable when held up to light.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/4/2013