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Auction 146, Lot 59

"Eastern Hemisphere", Tallis, John

Subject: Eastern Hemisphere

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas of the World

Color: Hand Color

13.1 x 10.1 inches
33.3 x 25.7 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.

One of the most decorative 19th century maps surrounded with fine steel engraved vignettes of the people and animals of the hemisphere and an exotic decorative border. The map is colored by continent and the Steam Route for the British Empire is shown in blue. Illustrations are by H. Warren and engraved by J. Rogers. The map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.


Condition: B

In original outline color, with minor toning along centerfold and professional repairs to a long centerfold separation, two tiny tears across centerfold, and two tears just entering the border at left and right.

Estimate: $200 - $240


Closed on 9/4/2013