BG-04992

West India Islands - Tallis (c.1851)

  • Condition: Very good, general age-related toning. Minor defects from handling, please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1851
  • Overall size: 37 x 26.5 cm.
  • Image size: 32 x 25 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'West India Islands'. Includes decorative vignettes titled Kingston, Jamaica, From the Commercial Rooms. Engraved for R. Montgomery Martin's Illustrated Atlas.

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).