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Eastern Hemisphere, Tallis antique map as published c1854

Eastern Hemisphere, Tallis antique map as published c1854

by London Printing & Publishing Company

First Edition Tallis Eastern Hemisphere antique map c1850 engraved on steel by John Rapkin for publication by J & F Tallis, London & New York, as published, with outlining of the countries and steamship routes, and the pale blue coastline wash.

Instead of Victoria, showing '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 good condition, although cropped relatively close to the title at the base, and reinforcing restoration tape is at base of central vertical fold (that enabled inclusion in an atlas half the size of the map). Map size is 27 x 37cm (10.5/8 x 14.1/2 inches). This is not the actual map. Will be replaced when scanned!

Stock Number: amLPPCeh.1Price: $330.00

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