Striking full-hand-color example of Tallis's town plan of New York City, one of the few double-page plans published by Tallis.
Includes vignettes of City Hall, the Custom's House, the Narrow's from Fort Hamilton, a New York Steamer, and two larger views of New York from Williamsburgh and Brooklyn, plus a coat of arms (eagle with flag). Extends north to 42nd Street and shows ferry lines, streets, buildings, wharves, the Battery, squares, parks, and a host of other details.
One of the most decorative and sought after town plans of the city to appear in an atlas in the 19th century.
Engraved for R. Montgomery Martin's Illustrated Atlas. Tallis was one of the last great decorative map makers. His maps are prized for the wonderful vignettes of indigenous scenes, people, etc. The town plans engraved by Tallis appear in only a small percentage of his works, making them harder to obtain than his regional maps. One of a small group of American town plans to be included.
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).