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Details 1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of South Australia, Australia
1851 (undated) $350.00

1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of Australia


1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of Australia




  1851 (undated)    10.5 x 14 in (26.67 x 35.56 cm)     1 : 17740800


This is a beautiful 1851 example of John Tallis and John Rapkin's 1851 map of Australia. It covers the entire continent of Australia along with Tasmania or as it was known at the time, Van Diemen's Island. An interesting map issued just as most of the earth's non-polar shore has been explored. Gone are many of the errors of the previous century with the coastlines accurately rendered. Inland though, much remained unexplored. Vast stretches of unmapped territory and speculative cartography fill central Australia. The early colonies in Western Australia and New South Wales are noted. In 1851, though not noted on this map, Victoria would become an independent colony separate from New South Wales.

This map is engraved by J. B. Allen and includes illustrations by J. Marchant of Sydney, Natives of the tribe of Bogan, Natives of Australia Felix, Australian Parrots and Cockatoo and Kangaroos. The whole has the highly decorative presentation and elaborate border distinctive of Tallis maps. This map was issued as part of the 1851 edition of John Tallis and Company's The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History of the World.


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.


Tallis, J. and F., The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical, 1851.    


Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Minor spotting. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 0466.051. Phillips (Atlases) 804.
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