Auction 162, Lot 664


"Thibet, Mongolia, and Mandchouria", Tallis, John

Subject: China, Tibet & Mongolia

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

12.9 x 9.9 inches
32.8 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 fine steel engraved map features six vignettes and decorative borders. It covers the region from Tibet through northwestern China to Manchuria. It includes vignettes of Potala Palace in Lhasa, the former chief residence of the Dalai Lama; a section of the Great Wall of China; a Mongol nobleman atop a camel; Leh, the former capital of Ladakh; and more. The illustrations were drawn by H. Winkles and engraved by G. Greatbach, the map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.


Condition: B+

Original outline color with minor offsetting and soiling, tiny centerfold separations in the top and bottom blank margins, and light toning along the sheet's edges.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $90

Closed on 4/26/2017