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British Possessions in the Mediterranean. John Tallis map c1853.

British Possessions in the Mediterranean. John Tallis map c1853.

by London Printing & Publishing Company

Tallis British Possessions in the Mediterranean antique map c1854. Finely engraved vignettes of Corfu, Gibraltar, Valetta, Malta; Vathi, Ithaca; and fishing vessels. Coloured pen outlining islands and pale blue wash to coastlines are contmporary (as published) by John Tallis and Company c1854.

In 1853 a partnership between John Tallis and Ephraim Tipton Brain, formed the London Printing and Publishing Company. John Tallis was the driving force behind the Tallis publishing company, but John Rapkin was largely responsible for Tallis's reputation as publishers of accurate, finely engraved decorative maps. Tallis maps are easily recognized by their steel engraved vignettes of important subjects in the region, and elegantly drawn and engraved borders. Specialist map illustrators drew the illustrations, and then engraved a steel plate, in reverse from a mirror image. The illustrations for this map were drawn and engraved by Henry Winkles. The fine engraving required skill and time. Unfortunately it was also expensive. In 1865 Tallis was among the last of the publishers of beautifully decorated maps and prints.

In contemporary condition (as published) with central horizontal fold and upper and lower margins trimmed to accommodate a publication half its size. This map has slight soiling as is to be expected when it is over 160 years old. Page size, 357 x 270 mm (14 x 10 5/8 inches).

Stock Number: amLPPC27Price: $132.00

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