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Auction 157, Lot 453

"[Lot of 2] The British Isles [and] England and Wales", Tallis, John

Subject: Britain

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 13.8 inches
24.4 x 35.1 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.

Both maps are finely engraved and surrounded by well rendered steel engraved vignettes and very lovely borders. The map of the British Isles includes vignettes of London, Dublin and Edinburgh, while the map of England and Wales features Oxford, Sunderland Bridge, a hunting scene, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Entrance to Portsmouth Harbour, London, and The Grand Stand on the Race Ground, Doncaster. Both maps were drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.


Condition: B+

Original outline color with light toning and foxing.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $230

Closed on 5/4/2016