Antique Map of the Chinese Empire by Tallis (c.1851)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Original middle fold, as issued. Middle fold starting, the tear closed with acid-free archival tape. Sheet overall a little browned with age. Left margin dampstained. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1851
  • Overall size: 35 x 27 cm.
  • Image size: 32.8 x 25.4 cm.

.. Antique Map of the Chinese Empire by Tallis (c.1851)

Description: Antique map titled 'Thibet, Mongolia, and Mandchouria'. Map of the Chinese Empire, focusing on Tibet, Mongolia and Manchuria. Small decorative vignette engravings around the map, including the palace of the Dalai Lama, the Chinese Wall and a Mongol Noble on camel. Originates from 'The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical, Edited By R. Montgomery Martin'. Published; John Tallis London, New York, Edinburgh & Dublin. 1851. Drawn and Engraved by J. Rapkin.

Artists and Engravers: John Tallis (1817-1876) was a British map publisher. Born in the Midlands, Tallis came to London in the 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. 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 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, selling it in 1861 (it ceased publication in 1863).