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  • Conservation Quality Giclee New South Wales by John Tallis and Co. mapmaker John Rapkin, last of the decorative edged map folios 1850-1854.
Limited Edition to 300. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  • Vignette of Sydney Cove showing settlement and harbor activity that would have been reassuring a British audience.
  • The unique Xanthorrhea or "Grass Tree" definitely qualified as exotic botany of this Colonial detination.
  • Another vignette of a familiar landscape, although the 'Pandanus' palm to the left foreground frames the mighty Murray River scene.
  • Section showing Major Thomas Mitchel's camp in 1835 and John Oxley in 1817 to ascertain the real course of the Lachlan River, whether it falls into the sea, or an  inland lake.

Map Australia colonial New South Wales John Tallis Rapkin


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Giclee, Map, Australia, New South Wales, John Tallis & Company, John Rapkin, Explorers, Colonial Counties

Archival Limited Edition Giclee of the last of the decorative edged map folios by John Tallis & Company, The Illustrated Atlas of Modern History of the World, originally published in London, 1850-1854.

Archival Quality Limited Edition /300 supplied with Certificate.

Size 35.6 x 26.7 cm (14 x 10.5 inch) 

John Tallis & Company To collectors of maps, the name Tallis is a venerable one. It is associated with a pinnacle in decorative cartography world-wide. The maps he produced represent the end of an era in the production of grand decorative atlases. The Tallis trademark is the use of small vignettes, or illustrations depicting foreign scenes which are sensitively arranged within the cartography. It is for this reason we bring you these archival giclees.

Tallis & Company employed various artists throughout the years to execute their trademark vignettes. The idea was to illustrate the great desire for foreign exotica, here supplied by the indigenous botany (Xanthorrhea “Grass tree” and Pandanus). The viewer was also reassured by familiar aspects, a view of settlement in Sydney Cove and the Murray River landscape. These artists trained in the topographical tradition from provincial areas. Few, if any, of these talented people would ever travel to the Antipodes, so their designs were based on written records and preserved specimens in the British zoological & botanical collections.

The original cartography was both drawn and engraved by John Rapkin. The information on which his maps were based was a collation from two sources: map publishers paid access to information concerning newly charted coasts-lines, and they also used information previously published by contemporary map-makers.The map was published the year District of Port Phillip was partitioned from New South Wales, creating the separate Colony of Victoria in 1850.

It illustrates Eastern East Coast of Australia from Harvey Bay to Cape Howe: Bays include Harvey, Moreton, Shoal, Broken, Botany, Jervis, Bateman’s, Trial, & Twofold. Islands are Great Sandy, Moreton, Stradbroke, Montacute and Solitary Islands.Ports Macquarie, Stephens, Jackson and Perpendicular.Shows the original 19 counties of the Port Jackson Colony.

Colonial Explorers It shows the explorer’s routes of John Oxley in 1816-17 to investigate the Westward flowing Macquarie and Lachlan Rivers; Ludwig Leidhardt in 1840 exploring the Hunter, Newcastle and Moreton Bay; Major Thomas Mitchel in 1835 to investigate Charles Sturt’s claims regarding the Darling & Murray Rivers, and a 1845-46 expedition to investigate river systems connected to the Cape of Carpentaria.


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  1. NSW 4 Star Review

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    Posted by on 12th Oct 2012

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  3. Decorative and accurate! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2012

    Impressive detail and wonderful vignettes this John Tallis added to decorate these maps.

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    IMHO you've got the right image for me!

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    I am sooooo pleased with the fantastic quality of this map.

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