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Auction 161, Lot 602


"Ionian Isles and Greece", Tallis, John

Subject: Greece

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

12.4 x 9.9 inches
31.5 x 25.1 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.

This handsome and decorative steel engraved map is embellished with fine vignettes: Ancient War Chariot; Greek Corsairs Off Corfu; Modern Greek; Temple of Jupiter Olympus at Athens; and two wrestlers. The map covers all of Greece including its numerous islands. With inset maps of Corfu and Stampalia. Surrounded by a delicately engraved decorative border. The illustrations were drawn by A.H. Wray and engraved by J.B. Allen; the map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.


Condition: B+

Original outline color with light toning mostly along sheet edges and a few spots of foxing. There are short centerfold separations confined to the top and bottom blank margins.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $70

Closed on 2/8/2017