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Auction 156, Lot 747

"Egypt, and Arabia Petraea", Tallis, John

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.9 x 13.5 inches
25.1 x 34.3 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 beautiful map is surrounded in a fine illustrated border incorporating Egyptian monuments and vignettes of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, Alexandria, the ruins of the Karnak Temple Complex, and the Great Sphinx of Giza. It is further embellished with a fleet of fishing boats in the Red Sea. The map itself provides incredible detail including road and caravan routes. The illustrations were drawn by J. Marchant and engraved by J.B. Allen; the map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.


Condition: B+

Original color with light toning and a few spots of foxing along the centerfold.

Estimate: $90 - $120

Sold for: $35

Closed on 2/17/2016