Auction 169, Lot 393

"British Guayana", Tallis, John

Subject: Guyana

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: The British Colonies...

Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 13.4 inches
24.9 x 34 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 map spans from the mouth of the Orinoco to the Sierra Acarai (Serra da Acari) mountain range on the border of Guyana and Brazil. It includes the national seal and vignettes of Georgetown, Ataraipu or the Devil's Rock, New Amsterdam, and Christmas Cataract, River Berbice. The illustrations were drawn and engraved by H. Winkles; the map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin.


Condition: B+

Original outline color with later color in the vignettes. The top margin has been extended with period-correct paper, with partial loss of the decorative border above the title, which appears to have been caused by the bookbinder.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $35

Closed on 9/12/2018