'INDEPENDENT TARTARY.' (Central Asia) by J. Rapkin / J. Tallis c.1851
A decorative and detailed mid 19th century map of 'Independent Tartary' (modern day Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) which was drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin (vignettes by W. Bragg & J. Rogers) and published in John Tallis's Illustrated Atlas (London & New York: John Tallis & co, c.1851).
The Illustrated Atlas, published from 1849 onwards, was the last decorative world atlas. The 'Independent Tartary' map was typical of the many fine ones which appeared in this work with its decorative border and attractive vignettes. Illustrated are views of Tartars on a journey; a Tatar tent and a 'Bride Chase' (a marriage custom of the Tatars).
- This is an original steel engraving with original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 32.8cms by 25.7cms (including imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centrefold, as issued. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 160 years old.