1850 Tallis Map of West Canada or Ontario ( includes Great Lakes )
Description: This is John Tallis’ extremely attractive c. 1850 map of West Canada or what is now Ontario. Includes Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and part of Lake Huron with Georgian Bay. Features five stunning vignettes which include American Indians on horseback chasing buffalo across the great plains, Several American Indians sitting around a tree with a teepee in the background, two seals, an otter, and in the lower right quadrant, Niagara Falls. The whole is surrounded by a decorative vine motif border. The vignettes for this map were drawn by H. Warren and engraved by Robert Wallis. The map itself is the work of John Rapkin. Issued for inclusion in John Tallis’ 1851 Illustrated Atlas…
Date: c. 1850 (undated)
Source: The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical, Edited By R. Montgomery Martin, Esq. …, (1851 edition)
References: Rumsey, 0466.068. Phillips (Atlases) 804-68.
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 13 x 10 inches (33.02 x 25.4 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Some wear and toning along original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Code: WestCanada-tallis-1850 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)