Decorative color example of this marvelous map of Greece, including eight of the Ionian Isles, with inset maps of Corfu and Stampalia. Greece is bordered in the north by Turkey, as that area was still under Ottoman rule.
Includes decorative vignettes of an ancient war chariot, Temple of Jupiter on Mt. Olympus, Greek Corsairs off Corfu, a modern Greek, and wrestlers. The legend notes that the Ionian Isles, under British rule at the time and some labeled by their Venetian names (Corfu, Val di Compare, Cerigo. Santa Maura, Zante), are outlined in pink.
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.
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).