A very decorative and detailed pair of mid 19th century maps of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres which were drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin (vignettes by H. Warren & J. Rogers) and published in John Tallis’s Illustrated Atlas (London, Edinburgh & Dublin: J. & F. Tallis, c.1853).
John Tallis’s Illustrated Atlas, published complete from 1851, was the last decorative world atlas. The maps of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres were the finest ones to appear in this work with their rich detail, decorative borders and attractive vignettes. Both maps are flanked by illustrations of the native people, fauna and flora which inhabit their respective hemispheres including Eskimoes, Native Americans, a raccoon, llama and penguin in the Western and Europeans, Arabs, Africans, a horse, camel, giraffe and kangaroo in the Eastern.
- This is an original steel engraving with original and later hand colour.
- Printed areas are approximately 34.2cms by 25.8cms and 33.5cms by 26.5cms for the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, respectively (including imprint).
- The maps are in very good condition with adequate mountable margins; centre folds, as issued. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 160 years old.