Author: Rapkin, J. (JOHN TALLIS)
Publisher: John Tallis & Co. Ltd
Date published: 1851Town plan. Uncommon. The town plans engraved by Tallis appear in only a small percentage of his works, making them harder to obtain than his regional maps. Steel engraving with later hand colouring. Overall sheet size:51.7cms x 36.9cms; image size 500mm x 350mm. including decorative border. Vignettes (by H.Winkles) of: Cemetery, Woodhouse ; Mill Hill Chapel ; Kirkstall Abbey ; Wellington Bridge ; New Gaol ; St.Peter's Church ; Town Hall. 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'. John Rapkin who was the mapmaker for the series (1813-1899) was a mapmaker, engraver, writing and ornamental engraver. He produced the maps for this famous series as well as the rare Tallis town plans. The son of a shoemaker, he had eight children and a successful business eventually named John Rapkin & Sons with four of his sons in business with him. He died aged 85 in 1899 (see Worms and Baynton Williams British Map Engravers) and the Rapkin firm survived until the 1970s.