1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of Van Diemen's Land or Tasmania

Van Diemen's Island or Tasmania.

1851 Tallis and Rapkin Map of Van Diemen's Land or Tasmania


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Van Diemen's Island or Tasmania.
  1851 (undated)    14 x 10.5 in (35.56 x 26.67 cm)     1 : 1457280


This is an impressive 1851 Tallis map of Van Diemen's Island or Tasmania. The map covers the entire island of Tasmania in considerable detail noting towns, lakes, mountain ranges and other topographical features. Van Diemen's Land was colonized by the British as a Penal Colony under the name 'Van Diemen's Land,' referring to the Dutch East India Company governor who sponsored Tasman's historic 1642 discovery of the island. In 1856, five years after this map was issued, Van Diemen's Land would be granted responsible self-government and renamed 'Tasmania.' This map includes illustrations by H. Warren of Hobart Town, a Tasmania dog and the residence of the Van Diemen Land Company's Agent. 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 toning along original centerfold. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 0466.056. Phillips (Atlases) 804.
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