This is Tallis's c. 1850 chart of comparative geographic features for the Western Hemisphere. Shows the islands of New Zealand, Cuba, Iceland etc., the Great Lakes and others, the rivers Mississippi, St Lawrence and Amazon and the mountains with the highest given as Nevada de Sorata, South America. This particular chart was likely not issued with Tallis' Illustrated Atlas. Given its double fold lines, it is safe to assume that this map was issued to illustrate a book or other text. This chart was designed and engraved by J. Rapkin. Published by the John Tallis & Company, London & New York in 1850.
John Tallis and Company (1838 - 1851) published views, maps, and atlases in London from roughly 1838 to 1851. Their principal works, expanding upon the earlier maps of John Cary and Aaron Arrowsmith, include an 1838 collection of London Street Views and the 1849 Illustrated Atlas of the World. The firm’s primary engraver was John Rapkin, whose name and decorative vignettes appear on most Tallis maps. Due to the embellishments typical of Rapkin's work, many regard Tallis maps as the last bastion of English decorative cartography in the 19th century. Although 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 issuing 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.
Very Good condition. Original fold lines. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0466.002. Phillips 804.