Rare variant edition of this decorative regional map of Texas, California and the southwest, featuring Texas in its Republic configuration, with stovepipe reaching to Wyoming and Colorado.
Upper California is shown with the Gold Regions highlighted in gold, a pre-Gadsden border with Mexico and a host of other contemporary details. Numerous Indian tribes named throughout the southwest. Early routes through Texas and the west are shown. Includes a number of forts and outposts in Texas and Upper California.
The very rare edition includes only two decorative vignettes, pre-dating the gold rush vignette present in most examples of the map.
Only the second time we have every seen this variant edition.
John Tallis (1817-1876) was a British map publisher. Born in the Midlands, Tallis came to London in the 1840s. Tallis began his London career with a series of remarkable London street views. He began a partnership with a Frederick Tallis, possibly his brother, but their collaboration ended in 1849. For the Great Exhibition of 1851, Tallis published the Illustrated World Atlas, one of the last series of decorative world maps ever produced. The maps were engraved by John Rapkin, a skilled artisan. The maps were later reissued by the London Printing & Publishing Company, who left the Tallis imprint intact, thus ensuring his enduring fame. In 1858, he began publication of the popular Illustrated News of the World and National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Personages, selling it in 1861 (it ceased publication in 1863).