1851 John Tallis Map of Boston, Massachusetts


1851 John Tallis Map of Boston, Massachusetts


City Plan of Boston with beautifully illustrated views.

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  1851 (undated)    10 x 13 in (25.4 x 33.02 cm)     1 : 14400


A beautiful example of John Tallis’ and John Rapkin's 1851 decorative map of Boston, Massachusetts. The map covers downtown Boston prior to the Back Bay landfill projects, extending from Dover Street to the Charles River. Parts of adjacent South Boston, Cambridge, and Charleston are also included. The map identifies all streets, piers, parks, and important buildings. A beautifully engraved and dramatic vignette view of Boston from across Boston Harbor appears in the lower left quadrant. A secondary vignette, depicting the Bunker Hill Monument, appears in the lower right. A tertiary vignette, in the upper right between Cambridge and Boston proper, illustrates the State House. The map is surrounded by an elaborate decorative border. Tallis' city plans did not appear in all editions of his atlas and so have become quite rare. Tallis prepared this map for inclusion in R. Montgomery Martin's 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.


Montgomery Martin, R., The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World, (London) 1851.    


Very good. Minor spotting.


OCLC 316615883.
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