Germany 1851Map Description Germany by John Tallis 1851
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The map extends from Dusseldorf to Zattan in the east and from Landan and Constance in the south to Holstein and the Baltic. Seven lovely steel engraved vignettes by Whittock and Rogers are fully colored. A most attractive map with decorative borders and the German crest at top.
London publisher John Tallis issued his “Illustrated Atlas” in 1850, consisting of eighty highly decorative maps of the countries and regions of the World, engraved on steel by John Rapkin. They are delicately engraved and are surrounded by charming vignette views depicting famous landmarks, wildlife and costume of the inhabitants of each country. By this time the accuracy and practicality of maps were generally considered of greater importance than were aesthetic qualities, therefore making them unusual for the period.
Tallis did not produce a series of county maps, but his maps of the individual countries of the British Isles are well worthy of note. Between 1850 and 1860, Tallis published an extremely attractive series of town plans, also engraved by Rapkin, with vignettes of scenes and buildings taken from Dugdales “Curiosities”.