Auction 148, Lot 767

"Victoria, or Port Phillip", Tallis, John

Subject: Southeastern Australia

Period: 1851 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

12.7 x 10.5 inches
32.3 x 26.7 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.

Superb steel engraved map of New South Wales roughly centered on Melbourne. Vignettes of Aborigines, a kangaroo, the River Glenelg, Victoria and a large view of Melbourne across the water with a sailing ship and two early steam ships maneuvering in the foreground. Surrounded by a delicately engraved decorative border.


Condition: A

Original outline color with a few faint spots of foxing and some minor soiling confined to the blank margins. Bottom blank margin is trimmed, but there is still ample room for framing.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/19/2014