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Auction 157, Lot 567

"[Lot of 2] Northern Italy [and] Southern Italy", Tallis, John

Subject: Italy

Period: 1865 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12.5 x 9.6 inches
31.8 x 24.4 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 is a later edition of Tallis' maps of Italy, lithographed without the vignettes and issued folding. The first map extends south to below Rome to the Gulf of Gaeta and shows Corsica. The latter extends south from the Papal States and includes Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. These maps were likely issued in Thomas Wright's The Royal Dictionary-Cyclopædia.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with light toning along the folds and sheet edges.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $40

Closed on 5/4/2016