Price: 200.00 USD
London: Tallis, John, 1851. Map. Steel engraving with outline hand color. Sheet measures 10.5 x 14.25 inches. This stately map describes the Empire of Brazil as it existed in the middle of the 19th century. Having declared its independence in the 1820s, Brazil developed a robust monarchy that is shown here in political and topographical detail. Hand-colored lines highlight the boundaries of provinces, which are labeled with important cities and rivers. Engraved mountains demonstrate the empire's mountainous terrain. Illustrated vignettes surrounding the map give further evidence of Brazil's landscape by highlighting important sites including the Rio Negro, S.t Catharina, Monte Video, Cape St. Antonio Bahia, and Rio de Janiero. These detailed images, as well as the delicate floral border surrounding the map, demonstrate the beautiful capacities of the steel engraving process for which Tallis's maps were known.This map is from Tallis's 1851 "Illustrated Atlas" and is in good condition with minor foxing.John Tallis Jr. (1817-1876) was a London born bookseller who continued the prolific map publishing company started by his father. After a partnership with his brother, Tallis Jr. expanded the business to New York in 1849 as well as Boston, Cincinnati, Rochester, Philadelphia and Baltimore. He is remembered as one of the last decorative map makers, and this lovely map exemplifies his work.