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Lovely Tallis antique map of Southern India c1854.

Lovely Tallis antique map of Southern India c1854.

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by Tallis & Company, John

Original finely engraved antique map drawn and engraving on steel by John Rapkin. Illustrations by A.H. Wray & Engraved by J.H. Kernot. Published in London circa 1854 by The London Printing and Publishing Company. Finely engraved vignettes: Shuhur Jeypoor. Seal of the East India Company. Tomb of Sultan Mahomed Shah, Bejapoor. The Government House, Calcutta. Military with lancers on camels and horses, and ancient statues with foot soldiers.

Tallis and Company established a reputation in both London and New York as publishers of high quality books and grand atlases, by illustrating them with fine steel engravings. The distinctive Tallis style incorporates decoratively engraved 'cartouche' titlepieces, borders and 'vignette' scenes relative to the subject or area depicted. Maps include regional views, flora, fauna and people. In 1853 John Tallis formed a partnership with Ephraim Tipton Brain who established The London Printing and Publishing Company.

As principal engraver of maps and prints for Tallis, John Rapkin’s finesse was greatly responsible for the Company’s reputation as publishers of accurate and visually attractive maps. Illustrations decorating the maps, portraits and views were drawn and then engraved by skilled craftsmen - in reverse from a mirror image. Engraving illustrations was expensive. In 1865 Tallis was among the last of the publishers of beautifully decorated maps and prints.

This map has contemporary country and regional outlining. Map approximate size 350 x 270 mm (14 x 10 5/8 inches). There is a spot of soiling above the publishers name at the base.

Stock Number: amI.Tall31Price: $275.00