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Auction 151, Lot 696

"[Lot of 2] Cape Colony [and] Natal and Kaffraria", Tallis, John

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

See Description

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.

A. Cape Colony, (12.8 x 9.9"). This detailed map is surrounded in a decorative border and includes vignettes of the Entrance to the Knysna, Grahams Town, Cape Town, three natives in traditional dress, and a lion. Geographically correct for the period with numerous place names. The illustrations were drawn by H. Warren and engraved by H. Bond; J. Rapkin drew and engraved the map. Ref: Norwich #237.

B. Natal and Kaffraria, (9.8 x 13.9"). This covers the region from the Eastern Cape province of South Africa north to Delagoa Bay. It features a finely engraved border and large vignettes of Port Natal and Town of Durban and the Entrance to Port Natal.


Condition: B+

Both maps have original outline color, light soiling, and minor toning that is confined to the sheets' edges.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $100

Closed on 11/19/2014