Map, Tallis John, Van Diemen's Island of Tasmania, c1851

Map, Tallis John, Van Diemen's Island of Tasmania, c1851

Regular price $900.00 Sale

Date: 1851

Artist: J. Rapkin

Illustrations: H. Warren

Engraver: J Rogers

Image Size: 270 x 350mms

Condition: good

Technique: Steel engraving uncoloured

Price: $850


A decorative and detailed mid 19th century map of Tasmania, Australia (formerly Van Diemen's Land) which was drawn and engraved by John Rapkin (vignettes by H. Warren & J. Rogers) and published in John Tallis & Co.'s The Illustrated Atlas (London & New York: c.1851).

The Illustrated Atlas, published from 1849 onwards, was the last decorative world atlas. The 'Van Diemen's Island' map was typical of the many fine ones which appeared in this work with its ornamental border and attractive vignettes. Illustrated are views of 'Hobarton' (Hobart). Native Tasmanians and, interestingly, one of the now extinct 'Thylacinus Cynocephalus' or Tasmanian Tiger.
John Tallis and Company published views, maps and Atlases in London from roughly 1838 to 1851. The principal works, expanding upon the earlier works of Cary and Arrowsmith, include an 1838 collection of London Street Views and the 1849 Illustrated Atlas of the World. His principal engraver was John Rapkin, whose name and decorative vignettes appear on most Tallis & Co. maps. Due to the decorative style of Rapkin's work, many regard Tallis maps as the last bastion of English decorative cartography in the 19th century. Though most Tallis maps were originally issued uncolored, it was not uncommon for 19th century libraries to commission colorists to "complete" the atlas. The London Printing and publishing Company of London and New York bought the rights for many Tallis maps in 1850 and continued Publishing his Illustrated Atlas of the World until the mid 1850s. 
Condition: Good
Steel Engraving
Tallis, J., The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical, 1851.