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First Edition Tallis map of British America. J & F Tallis c1850.

First Edition Tallis map of British America. J & F Tallis c1850.

by Tallis, J. & F.

Finely engraved antique map of British America c1850, with finely engraved border and vignettes of Esquimaux, Fury and Hecla, Polar Bears, Whale Fishing, Seal, and Montreal, with contemporary naming of states and coloured-pen outlining of countries and states, as published by J. & F. Tallis in 1850.

A wonderful little antique map of 'British America'. This steel-engraved map was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin, with illustrations drawn by H. Warren & engraved by R. Wallis. Tallis maps were noted for their embellishment by decorative borders and small 'vignette' views depicting notable features within the region shown.

John and Frederick Tallis followed their father into the publishing business, setting up their own joint venture. Frederick left the partnership in 1851 and John Tallis continued as the driving force behind Tallis publications. John Rapkin was greatly responsible for the company's high reputation for publishing accurate, finely engraved maps. Tallis maps were among the last decorative maps published, as this extra labour-intensive skilled work added considerably to the time and cost of production.

This map is in fine condition although it was cropped a little close to the top of the cartouche, and has a vertical centre fold (to enable inclusion in a publication half the size of the map). Page size is 355 x 270mm (approximately 14 x 10 5/8 inches).

Stock Number: amJFT.BritAmPrice: $250.00