1850 Tallis Map of South America
Description: This is John Tallisís extremely attractive c. 1850 Map of South America. Depicts the continent divided into political zones and surrounded by attractive decorative vignettes. Peru is shown divided into North Peru and South Peru. Ecuador, Venezuela, and Columbia are united as Grand Columbia. Modern day Argentina is divided into La Plata, Entre Rios, and Patagonia. Chili extends southward only to the border of Patagonia. Bolivia has a coast. Vignettes include, from the top left in a counterclockwise fashion, a scene from Peru with a Condor and a Lama, a view of harbor of Valparaiso, a sketch of indigenous peoples descending from the Cordilleras, an image of the natives of Chili, an image of indigenous peoples carrying a large barrel, a view of Rio de Janeiro, a drawing of a Brazilian rope bridge, and a view of Gold Washing in Brazil. The whole is surrounded by an attractive decorative border with a floral motif. Prepared by J. Marchant, J. Rogers, and J. Rapkin for issued in John Tallisí 1851 Illustrated AtlasÖ
Date: 1850 (undated)
Source: The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical, Edited By R. Montgomery Martin, Esq. Ö, (1851 edition)
References: Rumsey, 0466.066. Phillips (Atlases) 804-66.
Cartographer: John Tallis and Company published views, maps and Atlases in London from roughly 1838 to 1851. The principal works, expanding upon the earlier works of Cary and Arrowsmith, include an 1838 collection of London Street Views and the 1849 Illustrated Atlas of the World. His principle engraver was John Rapkin, whose name and decorative vignettes appear on most Tallis & Co. maps. Due to the decorative style of Rapkin's work, many regard Tallis maps as the last bastion of English decorative cartography in the 19th century. Though most Tallis maps were originally issued uncolored, it was not uncommon for 19th century libraries to commission colorists to "complete" the atlas. The London Printing and publishing Company of London and New York bought the rights for many Tallis maps in 1850 and continued Publishing his Illustrated Atlas of the World until the mid 1850s. Specific Tallis maps later appeared in innumerable mid to late 19th century publications as illustrations and appendices.Click here for a list of rare maps from John Tallis and Company.
Size: Printed area measures 9.5 x 14 inches (24.13 x 35.56 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Some wear and toning along original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Code: SouthAmerica-tallis-1850 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)