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Decorative antique map of the Eastern Hemisphere. Tallis, c1853.

Decorative antique map of the Eastern Hemisphere. Tallis, c1853.

by Tallis & Company, John

Eastern Hemisphere John Tallis antique map c1853 engraved on steel by John Rapkin with illustrations by H. Warren engraved by J. Rogers. Published by John Tallis & company, London & New York, with contemporary outlining of the countries and steamship routes, and the pale blue coastline wash.

Victoria replaces previous 'Australia Felix' as part of New South Wales. Intricately engraved vines encircle animals and people from the regions within the Eastern Hemisphere. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful, intricately engraved Eastern Hemisphere map ever published. Tallis maps were noted for their embellishment by decorative borders and small 'vignette' views depicting important places, natives, flora and fauna of the region of the map. This Eastern Hemisphere map is completely surrounded by engraved people and animals (including interesting kangaroos), each viewed in a circle surrounded by twining vines with foliage, vegetables and fruit.

Following in their publisher father's footsteps, John and Frederick set up their own publishing firm in 1850. Frederick left the partnership in 1851 but John Tallis & Company flourished, and acquired a reputation as publishers of high quality books and atlases, illustrated by fine steel engravings. John Rapkin who drew and engraved the maps with accuracy and fine detail, was greatly responsible for the company's reputation. Tallis maps were among the last decorative maps published, as this extra labour-intensive skilled work added considerably to the cost of production.

This map is in relatively good condition with no central vertical fold. Unfortunately the top of the page crops the upper edge of the cartouche, and the lower edge intrudes on the title, with staple holes from binding across base of page.  Map size is approximately 265 x 367cm (10.3/8 x 14.3/8 inches). The price has been adjusted appropriately.

Stock Number: amJTCehPrice: $250.00