Gorgeous full-color example of this decorative map, extending from Champion Bay (present-day Geraldton) to the Doubtful Island near Bremer Bay on the south coast. The map is colored by counties.
The map, in a typical Tallis style, shows vignettes of sheep shearing, aborigines, Perth as seen from Mount Eliza, and three other scenes. This map was engraved for R. Montgomery Martin's Illustrated Atlas.
The map includes marvelous detail of the West Oz coastline, showing its many inlets, bays, capes, and more. The Margaret River is named, as is "Rotte-nest I," and many names in the Geraldton region as well.
Tallis was one of the last great decorative map makers. His maps are prized for the wonderful vignettes of indigenous scenes, and people that they show.
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).