Rapkin, J. (JOHN TALLIS)-Malay Archipelago or East India Islands
Steel engraving with original outline hand colouring augmented by exquisite later hand colouring of the border and vignettes. Overall size in off white fully conservation grade mount and backing : 49.1cms x 41.5cms. Image size : 342mm x 258 mms including publisher’s imprint. Vignettes by H.Warren & engraved by T.Smith. Centrefold as published; faint darkening at centrefold else very good condition.
The maps of the countries of the world published by Tallis are very finely engraved : over twenty different artists were employed in the making of the distinctive vignettes making them unusually decorative ; indeed this series is described as ‘the last decorative series of maps’.