Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 392

"[Lot of 3] Peru & Bolivia [and] British Guayana [and] Chili and La Plata", Tallis, John

Subject: South America

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.9 x 13.3 inches
25.1 x 33.8 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.

This lot of three steel engraved maps covers a sizable portion of South America. Size varies slightly. A. Peru & Bolivia. This map features good detail and four beautifully engraved vignettes: Swimming Couriers of Peru, Tarija, Potosi, and Lima. Parts of Ecuador, Brazil, and La Plata are visible but largely unengraved. The illustrations were drawn by H. Winkles and engraved by J.H. Kernot; J. Rapkin drew and engraved the map.

B. British Guayana. This handsome map spans from the mouth of the Orinoco to the Sierra Acarai (Serra da Acari) mountain range on the border of Guyana and Brazil. It includes the national seal and vignettes of Georgetown, Ataraipu or the Devil's Rock, New Amsterdam, and Christmas Cataract, River Berbice. The illustrations were drawn and engraved by H. Winkles; the map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.

C. Chili and La Plata. The area from southern Bolivia and Paraguay (left mostly blank) down to just south of San Matias Gulf is shown in this finely engraved map. It includes five vignettes: Travelling Post, The Gobernador, Water Seller of Buenos Ayres, a rattlesnake, and the Grand Square in Buenos Ayres. The illustrations were drawn by H. Winkles and engraved by W. Lacey; J. Rapkin drew and engraved the map.


Condition: A

All three sheets feature original outline color, a few insignificant spots, and marginal toning. The second map has two tiny centerfold separations.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/19/2014