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1851 Tallis Map of Mexico, Texas & California

United States.

1851 Tallis Map of Mexico, Texas & California




United States.
  1851    10 x 13.5 in (25.4 x 34.29 cm)


This is John Tallis's highly desirable 1851 Map of Mexico, Texas and Upper California. Herein Texas is depicted at its fullest extent including both Santa Fe and the Green Mountains. Upper California offers numerous interesting features, most specifically a colored and labeled Gold Region extending along the Sacramento River as far south as an oversized Lake Tule and Santa Cruz. The 'Great Caravan Route' used by covered wagons during the westward expansion is also noted. Offers several beautiful vignettes depicting the Ruins at Uxmal, Yucatan, panning gold in California, and Mexican Peasantry. Undated, but the defined gold regions allows us to identify this as the 1851 issued of Tallis's valuable map.


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.


Fine or perfect condition. Blank on verso.


Phillips, 804-71.; Rumsey, 0466.072.
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