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1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of Polynesia

Polynesia or Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of Polynesia




Polynesia or Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
  1851 (undated)    10 x 12 in (25.4 x 30.48 cm)     1 : 42000000


This is an impressive 1851 Tallis map of Polynesia or the Islands of the Pacific Ocean. It covers from Japan to California south as far as Australia and the Low Archipelago. Four inset views are included, featuring Resolution Bay, Marquesas, the Harbor of Dory, New Guinea, Otaheite and Kalakakooa, Sandwich Islands. The whole has a highly decorative presentation and the elaborate border distinctive of Tallis maps. The map was drawn and Engraved by J. Rapkin, with illustrations drawn by H. Winkles and engraved by T. Wrightson. 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 overall toning. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 0466.057. Phillips (Atlases) 804.
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