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Ceylon. Antique map of Sri Lanka. Decorative Tallis map c1853.

Ceylon. Antique map of Sri Lanka. Decorative Tallis map c1853.


by Tallis & Company, John

Ceylon antique map (Sri Lanka) c1853 by John Tallis, with Lake of Kandy, Adam's Peak from Lake of Colombo, Temple of Buddha, Kalany, Ruins of a Dagora at Toopharamaya. Contemporary pen outlining and coastal wash colour, and later fine hand-colouring of vignettes and border. Original antique map engraved on steel by John Rapkin, with illustrations drawn and engraved by H. Winkles, published in London circa 1853 by John Tallis & Company of London & New York.

Published circa 1851-3 for their General Atlas, Tallis and Company established their reputation in both London and New York as publishers of high quality books and grand atlases, by illustrating them with fine steel engravings, and embellishing each with small engraved "vignettes". Their maps were surrounded by finely engraved borders, and small engravings of important cities, native flora, fauna and people.

The publishing firm of Tallis flourished from 1835 to 1860. Their maps were among the last decorative maps published, as this extra labour-intensive skilled work added to the cost of production. Although the regions within the map were outlined at the time of publication, the map has been hand-tinted with watercolour at a later date, which certainly adds to its decorative appeal.

Map approximate size 36 x 28 cm (14 x 11 inches).

Stock Number: amAJI.T22Price: $275.00