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Map, Tallis John, Part of South Australia, c1851, Original

Map, Tallis John, Part of South Australia, c1851, Original

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Map, Tallis John, Part of South Australia, c1851, Original

This map is not completely square when printed on the paper. This can be corrected when framing 

Date: c1851

Artist: Tallis John

Illustrations: Warren

Engraver: Rapkin John and Rogers J

Paper Size: 370 x 270cms

Condition: good

Technique: Steel engraving

Price: $750


Decorative map with original outline colouring of South Australia. Various vignettes within the decorative border showing Adelaide, Natives on a Catamaran, Dingo or Native Dog, Nympricus and the Seal of South Australia. The firm of Tallis Company flourished from 1835 to 1860 with varying imprints.Their Illustrated Atlas of 1850-51 was one of the last decorative atlases.  All of the maps being engraved on steel and are all adorned with small vignette views. It was published in parts at 1 shilling or 25US cents, with text by Montgomery Martin.
The same maps appeared in the British Colonies in 1854. Tallis maps were issued by The London Printing and Publishing Company London and New York.


John Tallis (7th November, 1817- 3rd June, 1876) was among one of the most renouned British cartographers map makers and publisher of the 19th Century. His maps are works of art as much as geography

 Born in the Stourbridge in the and worked as a publisher in Birmingham in the Midlands, until he moved to London in the early 1840s. Tallis began his London career with a series of remarkable London street views. He began a partnership with a Frederick Tallis, possibly his brother, but their collaboration ended in 1849.

 He lived in New Cross, South East London. His house on New Cross Road is listed as a Building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, grade II. It has a blue plaque on the wall to signal the event.

 For the Great Exhibition of 1851, Tallis published the Illustrated World Atlas, one of the last series of decorative world maps ever produced. The maps were engraved by John Rapkin, a skilled artisan. The maps from "The Illustrated Atlas" were first issued in 1851 to commemorate the Great Exhibition in London and are considered the last series of decorative maps of the world, combining fine cartographical detail within an elaborate and attractive border.

 The maps were later reissued by the London Printing & Publishing Company, who left the Tallis imprint intact, thus ensuring his enduring fame. In 1858, he began publication of the popular Illustrated News of the World and National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Personages

 His company, John Tallis and Co traded between 1838 and 1851

 These atlas maps were first published in serial form to a target audience for which the expense and hardship of travel was prohibitive. The progress of the 19th Century brought swift and dramatic changes in public awareness of far away places. Tallis maps are likely to have played an important role in this dramatic awakening. His maps not only provided up-to date geographical knowedge, but their beautiful vignette views showed the native people, their occupations, cities and points of interest. These maps remind us of the beautiful cartographic tradition of the 17th Century Dutch Mapmakers with their finely engraved decorative borders

 At some point, John Tallis made the acquaintance of John Rapkin, an engraver of some note who was an inspiration to John Tallis. His amazing illstrations enabled the maps that they produced to be beautiful illuminative works of art.

Illustrated Atlas of the World, published in 1849 with the maps and decorative vignette’s engraved and drawn by John Rapkin, was one of the last atlases to be truly decorated and is therefore highly prized. The maps were uncoloured although when sold, colourists were frequently employed to add tints to them

 Rapkin’s maps included views drawn and engraved by a number of prominent artists. The maps were issued as a complete volume from 1851 until about 1865. Some of the maps were also published in other history books published by Tallis including the British Colonies and, without the vignettes, in geographical dictionaries and encyclopedias until about 1880.

John Rapkin’s work inspired John Tallis and they used travelogues extensively as a guide as he produced vignettes and ornamental engravings to embelish the Tallis maps.

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