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Auction 161, Lot 742


"Australia", Tallis, John

Subject: Australia

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

13 x 10 inches
33 x 25.4 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.

An attractive steel engraved map of the continent with good detail along the coastlines that contrasts dramatically with the complete lack of detail in the interior. Tallis filled the blank interior with tables listing county names. The surrounding vignettes include Natives of the Tribe of Bogan, Australian Parrots and Cockatoo, Natives of Australia Felix, Kangaroos, and Sydney. The illustrations were drawn by J. Marchant and engraved by J.B. Allen, and the map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin. Surrounded by a delicately engraved decorative border.


Condition: A

There are a few tiny spots and hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/8/2017