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Auction 154, Lot 448

"Ireland", Tallis, John

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.4 x 13.7 inches
23.9 x 34.8 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 delicately engraved map of Ireland shows excellent detail of the provinces, towns, and cities as well as topography. The map is surrounded by lovely vignettes of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Limerick Castle, one of Ireland's Holy Wells, Ross Castle on the Lake of Killarney, and the Round Tower in Wicklow. The beautifully engraved border is comprised of shamrocks, with a harp entwined in shamrocks at the bottom.


Condition: B+

Original outline color with light toning and tiny centerfold separations at left and right confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/16/2015